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Allegiant Is Split Into Two Movies
The Divergent franchise becomes a four-parter

11 April 2014  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Deadline

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In step with the latest Hollywood trend, the third part of the Divergent book trilogy will be split into two films. According to Deadline, Lionsgate and Summit have decided to parse Veronica Roth’s Allegiant into two instalments: Allegiant Part 1, with a US release planned for March 18, 2016, and Allegiant Part 2, out on March 24, 2017. That, by our calculations, gives people who haven’t read the books 101 weeks to figure out what ‘allegiant’ means.

Divergent, the story of ass-kicking warrior-to-be Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) in sci-fi Chicago, has gone gangbusters at the studio. But with $139m gross so far, and the film still rolling out across international territories, Lionsgate have been quick to deny that the sound of kerchinging has guided its hand.

“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 Lionsgate Rob Friedman and Patrick 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 news might be something of a mixed blessing for Woodley, for whom the franchise has brought stardom but who may find smaller, indie projects falling by the wayside as her character, Tris, battles her way through corruption and misplaced power in dystopian Chicago in now four films.

Unlike The Hobbit, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, this two-parter will be produced in two separate parts. And Part Deux? Well, Insurgent gets underway next month with Flight man Robert Schwentke behind the camera. Akiva Goldsman has given Brian Duffield’s script a rewrite and that one will be with us in March, just in time to join 2015’s mega movie jamboree.

So, Initiates, where is the natural break in part three? Would you place it after the attempted [spoiler] by new character [spoiler]? Share your predictions below.


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It's not like they've really set the box-office alight though is it? 1st out of the gates in the US took a good opening BUT! now stalling at $125m whereas it only made no4 over here. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:10 on 15 April 2014 | Report This Post

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More money. More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 10:32 on 13 April 2014 | Report This Post

First It was Harry Potter, Next It was Twilight, Then it was the Hunger Games, And now its Divergent getting the 2-part-treatment. I'm seeing a pattern here. More

Posted by Darren47 at 22:20 on 12 April 2014 | Report This Post

RE: One was enough anyway.
Surprise surprise.Who didnt see this coming? More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:46 on 11 April 2014 | Report This Post

One was enough anyway.
Awful second half, following a "meh" first half. And in answer response to prev post... I think the Matrix sequels represent the first time I thought "that could and should have been one movie". Star Wars prequel trilogy could have been condensed to one OK film as opposed to three mediocre ones too. I know we're talking more specifically about books being split out, but regardless of the source material, there will always be a side of the movie business that is greed More

Posted by sunflies at 20:24 on 11 April 2014 | Report This Post

When will they stop doing this?? Is there really a reason? Can't they just make a longer film for part 3? I blame Harry Potter (not sure if they were first, but it's the first one i remember) More

Posted by SuperShell at 17:35 on 11 April 2014 | Report This Post

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