It was announced this morning that Lionsgate/Summit will be splitting the final Divergent film, Allegiant, into two films. The news comes just weeks after Divergent opened in theatres, already raking in an impressive $139 million at the worldwide box office. Many anticipate this number to rise even higher as the film opens in even more countries in the coming days and weeks.
The first installment of the Allegiant finale will hit theatres on March 18, 2016, while the second installment will hit theatres on March 24, 2017. The announcement came via the film’s official Twitter account, along with the following image:
Since the film’s release, the book’s author Veronica Roth has seen an impressive jump in book sales with nearly 20 million copies sold worldwide.
The Divergent series is following in the footsteps of other incredibly successful book to film adaptions, including Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight – all of which have had their final films split in two.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger spoke about the decision to split the final film, saying:
“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.”
Insurgent, the first Divergent sequel, is set to hit theatres in March 2015 and production will begin next month in Atlanta.