Divergent pulls a Hunger Games, adds an extra sequel to the franchise

Like Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games before it, Veronica Roth's final Divergent novel will be split into two parts when it comes to the big screen.

Seems like there's a new movement over at Lionsgate to stretch book adaptations as far as they can go. They've done it with the Twilight saga (gag), they've done it with the Hunger Games' third book, Mockingjay, and now Allegiant is joining those ranks as well by getting two movies instead of one.

Color us surprised. The first Divergent film hasn't even broken $150 million worldwide, whereas Twilight, despite hideous reviews, brought in nearly $400 million. And the two combined can't touch the first Hunger Games film, which earned nearly $700 million.

But that's not stopping Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger from taking the Divergent ball and running with it.

"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."

However one may feel about Twilight, by the time Breaking Dawn rolled around, the corresponding films combined to earn more than $1.5 billion. And it would seem that Friedman and Wachsberger believe that Divergent can follow a similar path, growing its audience exponentially with each film.

Will it work? Will Shailene Woodley's take on the categorization-defying Tris Prior become the next Katniss Everdeen or Bella Swan? Certainly dystopian YA has become one of the most popular genres in Hollywood, but will that still be true on March 18, 2016, when Allegiant Part 1 bows, let alone Part 2, which won't be out until another year later?

(via Deadline)

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