Lionsgate Splitting Adaptation of Final DIVERGENT Book, ALLEGIANT, into Two Parts

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This is what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has wrought.  From now on, the final chapter of every major franchise will be split in two.  Mark my words: Eventually the adaptation of the final book in a trilogy will be split into thirds.  Xzibit will have to appear before every franchise and say, “I heard you like trilogies so I put a trilogy inside your trilogy.”  The latest franchise to get the split treatment is Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy.  It’s not a surprising move.  Lionsgate split the final Twilight book—Breaking Dawn—into two parts and they’re doing the same thing with Mockingjay, the finale of the Hunger Games series.  You have to milk these franchises for all their worth even though I have yet to hear a single good thing about Allegiant.

Hit the jump for the press release regarding the Allegiant movie split.  The next installment, Insurgent will open on March 20, 2015.  Allegiant – Part 1 will be released March 18, 2016 and Allegiant – Part 2 will open on March 24, 2017.

allegiant-movie-splitHere’s the press release:

THIRD BOOK IN VERONICA ROTH’S BLOCKBUSTER DIVERGENT TRILOGY, ALLEGIANT,

WILL BE PRODUCED AND RELEASED AS TWO SEPARATE FILMS 

Allegiant — Part 1 To Be Released on Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment Label On March 18, 2016;

Allegiant — Part 2 To Arrive in Theatres Nationwide on March 24, 2017 

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, April 11, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, will produce and release Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James and based on the third book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent trilogy, as two separate films, it was announced today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.  The Company will release a total of four Divergent films on its Summit Entertainment label, with the next film, Insurgent, which begins production next month, slated for release on March 20, 2015 and Allegiant – Parts 1 & 2 scheduled for release on March 18, 2016, and March 24, 2017, respectively.

The first film in the Divergent franchise is off to a fast start, grossing $117 million at the domestic box office in its first three weeks of release, and it continues its international rollout this weekend with openings in France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Scandinavia and other major territories.  Book sales of the best-selling Divergent series continue to skyrocket with total sales nearing 20 million worldwide and sales of the three-book boxed set and three-book e-bundle increasing 55% last week.  The three books ranked one-two-three on the USA Today best-seller list for 2013.

“Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in Allegiant, a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies,” said Friedman and Wachsberger.  “The storytelling arc and world of the characters lend themselves perfectly to two films, a storytelling strategy that has worked very well for us on the two Twilight Breaking Dawn films and about which we’re tremendously enthusiastic for the two upcoming Mockingjay films of The Hunger Games franchise.”

The Company’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Parts 1 & 2 will be released on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.

After the cataclysmic events in Insurgent, Tris and Four enter a dangerous new world in Allegiant — Parts 1 & 2 that they no longer recognize.  As new truths are revealed about the past and future, Tris must face impossible choices about courage, allegiance and love to protect the people closest to her.




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  • The Exploiter

    In a shocking turn of events.

  • dudeyou

    Of-fucking-Course!

    • laptopman

      Coulnd’t have said it better.

  • 80sRobot

    Star Wars: Episode IX, Part I
    Star Wars: Episode IX, Part II

    • Bryan

      No Star War is sacred that needs to be kept as a sequel trilogy not split into 2 as original: 3 prequel: 3 sequel: 4? that sounds wrong.

      • 80sRobot

        Search your feelings. You will know it to be true.

  • Snarky

    Aaarrrrrrrrrrrrggggggghh!!! >:(

  • Mike

    Scumbags…

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  • Drake

    Seriously, there’s absolutely nothing nothing going on Allegiant until the last 50 pages or so. Even than, it’s not that great. Still, the ending (while being “sad”) is definitely the best thing about the book. Until this news, I was happy that they were only making 3 movies. Now I have so little confidence that this will pull together into a satisfying whole. I still haven’t even seen the first movie, but considering how the first book was the best of the three … and considering how meh the reaction was for the first movie, I’m guessing this is going to be a really bland series.

    • lawsy89

      Agree with every word. Allegiant is the worst book out of the three – they honestly get worse in the order they were released, with a plot that makes the reader think that the author had no true idea where to take her story or the world she created. And splitting a book that barely has the strength to stand on it’s own in the first place, with a story that is simply and purely, just a mess, is one of the worst decisions that the studio can make. With not even the ending – I disagree with you about it being sad, able to redeem it, or make it worth reading. Genuinely surprising myself that I even made it through the book at all.

  • huehuehue

    News that surprised fucking no one…

  • The Flobbit

    And this is by a landslide the WORST book in a mediocre series of books that is clearly a ripoff of The Hunger Games and every teenaged dystopian novel ever. I mean, why do we even f-cking bother going to the movies anymore when this happens?

  • The Flobbit

    Secondly, what has happened to the simple, elegant beauty of the TRILOGY? Now it’s like everything has to be a decade-spanning, inter-connected, sequel spawning, sidequelized MEGA franchise.

  • james

    Scumbags is correct Mike. So tired of studios doing this. It only makes sense to split the final book into two films if the book is so big that you can’t fit all the material into one film. Money money money. Such a joke.

  • Guest

    Allegiant was already a mess of a storyline and heavy on the info dumping side as it is.

  • Guest

    Allegiant was already a mess of a storyline and heavy on the info dumping side as it is.

  • Reina

    Allegiant was already a mess of a storyline and heavy on the info dumping as it is..

  • Adrian Gabriel Sincero Lucero

    Lionsgate think it’s cool. -____- I think this time, for Divergent, they wouldn’t split it. :( Greedy Lionsgate. :(

  • k

    Typical Hollywood bullshit! The first one isn’t even a hit really….I hope this comes back to bite them in the ass.

  • eternalozzie

    SpaceBalls 2: The Search For More Money

  • milo

    I don’t mind it in the case of Mockingjay (I know not everyone liked the ending but I thought it was a great book) or the last Harry Potter. But Allegient is awful, it has been roundly panned. Their best bet would be to totally change it from the book and keep it as a single movie. Nothing of interest happens in the book so stretching it out will hurt more than it will help.

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