Final Divergent book Allegiant to be split into two films
Story by Jack Foley
AS is the norm for film franchises based on successful book adaptations, the final book in the Divergent series, Allegiant, is to be turned into two films.
That means there will now be four films starring Shailene Woodley. The first Divergent, currently in cinemas, has so far made a solid $139 million worldwide and has yet to roll out in all international territories.
Based on the books by Veronica Roth, the films follow a young woman named Tris (Woodley) as she lives in a futuristic world where people are divided into groups based on certain values. When she discovers she fits into more than one group, she becomes a threat to the government and must hide her secret.
The sequel to Divergent, titled Insurgent, is already scheduled for release on March 20, 2015, and will be directed by Robert Schwentke, who takes over from Neil Burger. Both Woodley and Theo James will reprise their roles of Tris and Four.
The two Allegiant films will be shot separately, with Part I sticking to its original release date of March 18, 2016 and part two following a year later on March 24, 2017.
Announcing the decision to turn the three books into four films – a la Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games – Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement: “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.”