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The Divergent film series will follow in the footsteps of other YA hits by splitting the final book into two films.
Summit will divide Veronica Roth‘s book Allegiant into two movies to result in four films in the Shailene Woodley franchise.
The series follows a young woman named Tris (Woodley) living in a futuristic world where people are divided into groups based on certain values. She discovers she fits into more than one group, making her a threat to the government.
The first film in the series, Divergent, hit theaters in March, and has earned a solid $139 million worldwide to date. The film continues its international rollout this weekend with openings in France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Scandinavia and other major territories.
The two Allegiant films will be shot separately. A release date for Allegiant had previously been slated for March 18, 2016. The first film will remain on that date, while part two will be slated for a year later, to be released March 24, 2017. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher of Red Wagon Entertainment are producing all four films along with Pouya Shabazian.
The sequel to Divergent, titled Insurgent, is slated for release on March 20, 2015. Robert Schwentke will be taking over directing duties from Neil Burger, who directed the first film. Woodley and Theo James will return to reprise their roles of Tris and Four.
Splitting the final book in a YA series has been a common practice. The Hunger Games, Twilight and Harry Potter have all had the last book divided into two films, and were massive box-office hits.
“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,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger 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.”
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