Lionsgate To Split ‘Divergent’ Finale Into Two Films. Is It A Good Idea?

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Divergent in name but not in trend. Borrowing a page out of successful franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, Lionsgate announced today that the Divergent trilogies’ final book, Allegiant, will be split into two films.

Pro: Double the Shailene Woodley!

Con: Double the cost.

Pro: Double the fun!

“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,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a statement.

With Insurgent, the second film of the franchise based on the novel of the same name, set to hit theaters next March and Allegiant parts one and two opening in March of 2016 and 2017, respectively, Shailene Woodley may very well replace the groundhog as the harbinger of springtime.

Allegiant — Part 1 is scheduled to be released March 18, 2016, while Allegiant — Part 2 will reportedly open on March 24, 2017.

What do you think about the decision to split the final book into two parts? Are you for or against it?

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