Lionsgate Splitting Final 'Divergent' Sequel 'Allegiant' into Two Films
Because previous split sequel finales have found so much success with The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have decided to split the final chapter of Allegiant, the last sequel in Veronica Roth's sci-fi young adult novel series that began with Divergent. The first film just hit theaters in March and has pulled in $139 million worldwide so far after just three weeks at the box office, with several markets (France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Scandinavia and more) yet to release the film. It may not be a runaway hit, but it's enough for the studio to maximize their profits.
Allegiant was already set for release on March 18th, 2016, and that's when Allegiant - Part I will open, and then Allegiant - Part 2 will hit theaters on March 24th, 2017. In addition, Deadline notes that the films will be produced separately, so they won't be shooting back-to-back like the previous franchises that had their finale split into two parts. We don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read the book, so we can't speculate as to where the film will be split and where Tris (Shailene Woodley) will be at in the story, but fans will surely have an idea. Lionsgate Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger seem to think the story lends itself to two films:
“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 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.”
From a filmmaking perspective, the idea of splitting films just seems silly, if only because neither stands on its own as an individual film. It's hard to review when the story hasn't clearly been wrapped up at the end, and you can't treat the film as a complete arc. There are plenty of films that have cliffhangers with the intention of continuing in the future, but they still have a beginning, middle and end. Anyway, as of now there's no director for Allegiant, but Robert Schwentke is slated to helm the next film, Insurgent, which will hit theaters on March 20th, 2015. Stay tuned for any updates.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Danimal on Apr 11, 2014
Guffaw.... 40% on rotten tomatoes? Fuck it lets roll out 3 more.
Brian Sleider on Apr 11, 2014
What if Insurgent disappoints at the box office?
cetrata on Apr 11, 2014
add 3 more to the series... the audience will learn to love it goddamit!!!!
iamNotLegend on Apr 11, 2014
they are stuck . they committed to the author and a production schedule ... however 139mill is nothing to sneeze at . DVD sales will be at least half so it's a borderline profit device , so far . pic #2 bombs and then they get nervous about Allegiant . Not now ...
Dominic on Apr 12, 2014
In that case... let's just have them go all out. 20 part film series... yawn.
DarthVerous on Apr 11, 2014
Nielsen700 on Apr 11, 2014
Funny how they try to make it not sound like an insult to the writers, none of which can pace a story these days apparently. I suppose it's more of an insult to the gullible audience who are happy to shell out the extra cash
Richie G on Apr 11, 2014
Why didn't I see this coming?! I'm such a fool/optimist...
Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 11, 2014
*GASP* Said it isn't so.
DAVIDPD on Apr 11, 2014
there isn't one final installment of a series that hasn't suffered by being split in two. Kill Bill got the ball rolling, and although the first one was entertaining on its own, the second one really delivered. Same with Harry Potter, where Deathly Hallows Part 1 was the most boring piece of s**t since, well, Breaking Dawn Part 1. and I'm willing to bet the Hunger games Mocking Jay part 1 will artificially inflate the first half of the novel just to fill time until the actual thrilling part in the finale. I have no problem with splitting out material that can't possibly fit into one film, but these decisions are purely financial, and do both the material and the audience a disservice by diluting the story and essentially charging twice for what is meant to be a single experience. the Hobbit is another film grossly guilty of this practice. I am shocked at how apathetic I am towards the Hobbit films because of how much filler has to go into the 'trilogy' in order to stretch it out. And I absolutely LOVED the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I wish for once studios would think in terms of service to the story rather than doubling down on the box office.
fazha on Apr 11, 2014
As I re-watched Desolation of Smaug at home, I found myself unable to enjoy any of the added in parts. Not because the parts were bad but because I knew they existed solely to justify 3 movies.
Brian Sleider on Apr 11, 2014
From what I've read about how the final book is and ends, splitting the final film into 2 parts is a huge mistake.
Chris Amaya on Apr 12, 2014
The money grab though...
T. Hakeem on Apr 12, 2014
Sorry, new comments are no longer allowed.