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Divergent trilogy finale, Allegiant, to be split into two films

04.11.2014

In the tradition set forth by the HARRY POTTER, TWILIGHT, and THE HUNGER GAMES franchises, yet another young adult series is jumping on the milk it for all it's worth bandwagon. The DIVERGENT trilogy, based on the novels by Veronica Roth, will now see the final chapter, ALLEGIANT, split into two films. The first film in the series, DIVERGENT, had great success at the box office, both domestic and international, which has prompted an increase in book sales, and the birth of a cinematic franchise.

Here's the press release:

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.

Honestly, as much as I'd like to bitch and moan about this, it's not that big of a deal. In the end, even if this is largely a financial move, fans of the franchise will get more of what they love, so it's a win-win. I was glad they split the last HARRY POTTER book as I was a fan myself and wanted to see the story told completely and feel that it worked out well. TWILIGHT is another story entirely, as they struggled to piece together a finale, having to create shit out of thin air. We've yet to see if THE HUNGER GAMES finale, MOCKINGJAY PART 1 & 2, will be worth the double-up. Of course, there's also the matter of splitting one small book, THE HOBBIT, into three LONG films...

DIVERGENT's sequel, INSURGENT, opens on March 20, 2015, with ALLEGIANT PART ONE opening on March 18, 2016 and ALLEGIANT: PART TWO opening on March 24, 2017.

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Source: Lionsgate

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10:36AM on 04/13/2014

Oh good lord

this is what's wrong with movies nowadays; too geared towards young people with short attention spans. And recycling the same formulaic nonsense. This damn thing isn't a box office hit at all, why split it up like that? Much as I hated the 'Twilight' schmaltz, I cud understand why they'd need to milk it for as long as possible because the thing made enormous money, but this? It's incredible how this society works, we wouldn't trust these very same young people with our homes for the weekend,
this is what's wrong with movies nowadays; too geared towards young people with short attention spans. And recycling the same formulaic nonsense. This damn thing isn't a box office hit at all, why split it up like that? Much as I hated the 'Twilight' schmaltz, I cud understand why they'd need to milk it for as long as possible because the thing made enormous money, but this? It's incredible how this society works, we wouldn't trust these very same young people with our homes for the weekend, yet the movie industry fuels them even more with an even bigger sugar rush with all this cookie cutter action scenes and gooey love stories. There's really no need to have movie stars anymore either because almost anyone can star in these things, u don't need a Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. Movies just aren't what they use to be.
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9:38AM on 04/13/2014
*sigh*
I went to the bookstore for the first time in forever yesterday (I buy most of my books used). They have a HUGE teen section where all the protagonists seem to be teen girls. Why don't they name it the 'teen girl' section?
Oh, and fuck this movie.
*sigh*
I went to the bookstore for the first time in forever yesterday (I buy most of my books used). They have a HUGE teen section where all the protagonists seem to be teen girls. Why don't they name it the 'teen girl' section?
Oh, and fuck this movie.
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12:05AM on 04/13/2014
Let's all remember that Summit/Lionsgate own the rights to Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent, so yeah. If they ever do another YA series, my money is on splitting the final book.
Let's all remember that Summit/Lionsgate own the rights to Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent, so yeah. If they ever do another YA series, my money is on splitting the final book.
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11:38AM on 04/12/2014
By the way, F*CK this book-splitting trend!
By the way, F*CK this book-splitting trend!
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11:36AM on 04/12/2014

The only problem is that...

...Divergent is not THAT succesful. Part One barely made over $110 M, and I doubt people would be so interested in seing three more of these.
...Divergent is not THAT succesful. Part One barely made over $110 M, and I doubt people would be so interested in seing three more of these.
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10:15PM on 04/11/2014
Because it's what the cool kid franchises are doing these days.
Because it's what the cool kid franchises are doing these days.
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7:17PM on 04/11/2014
Pretty soon they're just going to start dividing up every book in a popular series to milk it for what they can. "Hey kids! Coming this summer, it's Book 1, Part 1, then a few months later it'll be Book 1, Part 2! Nexy year we'll get Book 2, Parts 1 and 2, and the year after that get ready for Book 3, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5! You know want you to see this, so bring money."

And I will be the one to officially go on record that they did NOT need to split Deathly Hallows. They could have
Pretty soon they're just going to start dividing up every book in a popular series to milk it for what they can. "Hey kids! Coming this summer, it's Book 1, Part 1, then a few months later it'll be Book 1, Part 2! Nexy year we'll get Book 2, Parts 1 and 2, and the year after that get ready for Book 3, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5! You know want you to see this, so bring money."

And I will be the one to officially go on record that they did NOT need to split Deathly Hallows. They could have taken the 30 minutes or so of good stuff from Part 1, edited it together with Part 2, and given us a single 3-hour epic finale. Leave the rest on the cutting room floor (like Harry and Hermione dancing, which by the way was NOT in the book!)
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6:22PM on 04/11/2014

Sigh.

To quote three others, "Of course it is."
To quote three others, "Of course it is."
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3:02PM on 04/11/2014
This is a good way to drag something pointless out.
This is a good way to drag something pointless out.
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2:43PM on 04/11/2014

At least copy it correctly.

If studio's are gonna copy the Deathly Hallows format by splitting them, do it exactly the way they did it. Have them split across 6 or 7 month's, Not a whole year.
If studio's are gonna copy the Deathly Hallows format by splitting them, do it exactly the way they did it. Have them split across 6 or 7 month's, Not a whole year.
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2:27PM on 04/11/2014

rolling my eyes

oh no that was terribly surprising, it took me from left field....
oh no that was terribly surprising, it took me from left field....
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2:07PM on 04/11/2014
What an interesting concept that they came up with all on their own
What an interesting concept that they came up with all on their own
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1:42PM on 04/11/2014

If you don't like it,

don't see the freakin' movie. I had no problem with DEATHLY HALLOWS getting split, and I can see how MOCKINJAY could be expanded. As for THE HOBBIT, 3 films is pushing it but there was plenty of material for two.

We'll see how the DIVERGENT series plays out: obviously the 1st movie didn't make major $$$ ($139 million on an $85m million budget) so it's possible they may discard the series if sequels don't do better.
don't see the freakin' movie. I had no problem with DEATHLY HALLOWS getting split, and I can see how MOCKINJAY could be expanded. As for THE HOBBIT, 3 films is pushing it but there was plenty of material for two.

We'll see how the DIVERGENT series plays out: obviously the 1st movie didn't make major $$$ ($139 million on an $85m million budget) so it's possible they may discard the series if sequels don't do better.
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1:38PM on 04/11/2014

Of course it is.

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1:17PM on 04/11/2014
I love Harry Potter more than anything on this Earth and was so thrilled that they split Hallows into 2 films to cover all the ground they needed to. However, part of me hates that it was so successful since all these franchises are doing the same thing for no reason other than to cash in. There is a difference in wrapping up everything from six prior books/films and wrapping everything up from 2 prior books/films.
I love Harry Potter more than anything on this Earth and was so thrilled that they split Hallows into 2 films to cover all the ground they needed to. However, part of me hates that it was so successful since all these franchises are doing the same thing for no reason other than to cash in. There is a difference in wrapping up everything from six prior books/films and wrapping everything up from 2 prior books/films.
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1:06PM on 04/11/2014
I wonder if Marvel is going to do this with Avengers 3.
I wonder if Marvel is going to do this with Avengers 3.
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3:04PM on 04/11/2014
Uhhhhhhhhhh.
Uhhhhhhhhhh.
12:54PM on 04/11/2014

OF COURSE IT IS

Instead of issuing press releases full of useless pap, studios should hire Ray Liotta to come out and say, "Fuck you. Pay me," then leave.
Instead of issuing press releases full of useless pap, studios should hire Ray Liotta to come out and say, "Fuck you. Pay me," then leave.
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12:53PM on 04/11/2014
Of course it is
Of course it is
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