Lionsgate Splitting Third ‘Divergent’ Book ‘Allegiant’ into Two Films

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Lionsgate has decided to make two films from “Allegiant,” the final book in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy — following the same strategy it used for the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” franchises.

The second “Allegiant” film will open on March 24, 2017. Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns made the announcement Friday morning during an interview on CNBC.

“Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, launched on March 21 with a $54 million opening weekend in the U.S. It has generated a cumulative $117 million domestically in three weeks and another $22 million from international markets, where the rollout began a week ago.

The second film, “Insurgent,” opens on March 20, 2015, and the first “Allegiant” movie will open March 16, 2016.

The move was not a surprise. Burns told Variety last month, “Assuming the movie works as we expect, we like the idea of a ‘Divergent’ film every March to complement our ‘Hunger Games’ films every November.”

“Divergent” was produced for $85 million and greenlit in December 2012 with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher of Red Wagon producing with Pouya Shabazian. Neil Burger directed the tale of a dystopian Chicago in the 22nd Century.

Production on “Insurgent” starts in May in Atlanta with “Red” director Robert Schwentke, selected after Burger opted out due to the compressed schedule. Wick, Fisher and Shabazian are producing again.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement that the move make sense, given that the studio used a similar strategy for the “Twiilight” and “Hunger Games” franchises.

“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,” the execs said. “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 “Mockingjay” films open in November of this year and 2015.

 

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  1. Shayari says:

    The books are good and as long as the films improve, like Harry Potter did, then its a wise move by the studio.

  2. Neha Shayar says:

    Any Divergent fan must be dying to read Allegiant after they read Insurgent, so I need not particularly ask you to buy this book, anyway. So, this book has mind boggling revelations right from the beginning ( I had to shut the book for a couple of days after reading the first few chapters to deal with the then revealed “secrets” and then go on reading the rest of it). It’s a rollercoaster ride throughout the book with more actions and character developments than ever ! It’s now written in both Tris and Tobias’s perspectives and you might just fall in love with Tobias all over again as you go on discovering his emotions and troubles that Tris could never know or write of.
    P.s, keep your tissue papers and chocolates close as you reach towards the end because a last (and definitely NOT the least) twist in the plot is going to break your heart !

  3. John Shea says:

    Divergent indeed!

  4. Mare says:

    I do think it’s pointless for them to making this into two films , i’m a big fan of the series and i have to say there isn’t even lots for two movie honestly. if they wan’t to split one of the books into two films it should be Insurgent. not cool.

  5. Esme says:

    I don’t think they should split it especially if it’s just to make money. I don’t want to wait an extra year for it to come out as I will have lost interest by then. Also the book hasn’t got two clear parts or alot of content to it so I wonder where they’re going to split it..?

  6. LOL says:

    Maybe it should be divided in to 68.7 parts; last instalment arriving March 2073. That will make better business, surely.

  7. Aimee says:

    Great. Now we can watch it turn into a lumbering pile of crap just like the Hobbit.

  8. Connor B says:

    No. Just no. Allegiant hardly has enough substance to be one movie, let alone two movies. Hopefully the scriptwriters will take huge liberties with the source material, otherwise it won’t work.

  9. Paramount Employee says:

    Are they also going to rewrite the ending, since so many of the readers hated it?

  10. Michael Anthony says:

    The books are good and as long as the films improve, like Harry Potter did, then its a wise move by the studio.

    However, speaking as a consumer, I hate them dividing the books up, just to make more money. They say its necessary from an artistic standpoint, but that’s BS. I don’t take kindly to being treated like a fool, when we all know they just want more money.

  11. Harley says:

    I think this is predictable, but I think it was inevitable. Whoever thought they weren’t were not thinking well.

  12. Kat says:

    They must like throwing money away.

    • Robert O'Dell says:

      No, They like making money which is what they will do by making two films instead of one.

      • Kat says:

        Yes, and this would make sense if the first movie had earned enough money to show that this had the potential of being a blockbuster franchise, so the investment in making four movies instead of three would be well worth it. But that’s not the case here. I doubt the second movie will increase very much over the first one, and the third book was the most panned in the series and people were already not looking forward to watching it even as one movie. There is just not enough money in this franchise to justify the expense of turning the third book into two movies. They’re not going to make it back.

      • milo says:

        I’m not so convinced. The first is doing well domestically but barely making anything overseas (just 50 million so far). I’m not convinced that the sequels will keep going up, particularly considering how bad the reader reaction was to the third book which is frankly terrible. Depending how the second one does I don’t think it’s out of the question that they put their tail between their legs and change the third back to a single movie.

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