Shailene Woodley and Theo James as Tris Prior and Four in the promo poster for the film "Divergent." Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

Lionsgate to Split Allegiant into Two Films

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There has been some movement in the world of the Divergent series today. According to Deadline, Lionsgate announced today that they would be splitting Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent series, into two films.

When Divergent hit theaters back in March, the film instantly went to number one. It earned $54.6 million in just its opening weekend. There was never any doubt in anyone’s mind that they would make the other two books in the series into films as well.

The films are based off of the Divergent series of novels from best-selling author Veronica Roth.

The next film in the series is scheduled to hit theaters March 20, 2015. Allegiant Part 1 will be keeping the film’s original release date of March 18, 2016. It will then be followed by Allegiant Part 2 on March 24, 2017.

This is certainly not the first time that something like this has occurred. Back in 2011, Warner Bros. decided to split the final Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, based on the novels by J.K. Rowling, into two parts, largely in part to the large amount of time that would be needed to adequately tell the story.

Lionsgate has made a similar decision when it comes to the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy from best-selling author Suzanne Collins. The studio will release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21, 2014 followed by Part 2 on November 20, 2015.

The real question now is, where will director Robert Schwentke decide to split the story?

Unfortunately, it may be some time before we get an answer to that, and the many more questions that are bound to spring up from this announcement.

What do you think of the studio’s decision to split the film into two parts? Those of you who have reads the novels, where do you think they will split the storyline? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Insurgent is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 20, 2015.

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