The “Divergent” trilogy is getting the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” treatment. Lionsgate has announced it will split the third book in the series into two movies.
The second “Allegiant” film will open on March 24, 2017, which means Shailene Woodley (soon to be seen in “The Fault in Our Stars”) will be living with Beatrice or Tris Prior for a very long time.
“Divergent,” also starring Theo James, opened on March 21 and is still playing in theaters. “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the Veronica Roth series, is due in theaters March 20, 2015.
The first “Allegiant” will arrive March 18, 2016 and the second a year later. After 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.
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.”
“The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga” franchises have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, with “Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2” scheduled for Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015.
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