Get ready for more "Allegiant."
The final book in the "Divergent" series will be split into two movies, Summit Entertainment announced Friday. This isn't uncommon when young adult novels have been adapted for the big screen, as the final installments of three other blockbusters--"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"--all received the same treatment.
"[Author] 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 Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement. "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."
"Divergent" has earned $117 million at the domestic box office in its first three weeks of release. Its sequel, "Insurgent," begins production next month and is scheduled to hit theaters on March 20, 2015. "Allegiant - Parts 1 & 2" are slated for release on March 18, 2016, and March 24, 2017, respectively.
The first film in the franchise was directed by Neil Burger and starred Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Zo Kravitz, Miles Teller, Mekhi Phifer, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q and Ansel Elgort; many of the actors will reprise their roles in Insurgent, directed by Robert Schwentke.