In news that will surprise absolutely no one this morning: According to Variety, Lionsgate has announced that they plan to release the third film in the Divergent film series—in other words, the final film in the series—in two parts, similar to what other popular YA franchises (and certain AMC shows) like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games did to maximize box office revenue.
The film series, of course, is based off of the Divergent series from YA author Veronica Roth, and the final book is titled Allegiant. The first film in the series was released last month, and starred Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. Movie number two is set to be released in March of next year.
"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," Lionsgate executives said of the decision. "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."
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