April 11th, 2014
03:26 PM ET
Welcome to the new normal for movie franchises.
As was done with prior popular series, the final installment of the "Divergent" movies will be split into two, Lionsgate announced on Friday.
Adapted from the best-selling young adult novels by Veronica Roth, the "Divergent" series only contains three titles: "Divergent," "Insurgent" and "Allegiant."
The first adaptation, "Divergent," had mixed reviews but nonetheless conquered the box office, earning $139 million worldwide in less than four weeks. The follow-up "Insurgent" is already slated to arrive on March 20, 2015.
With the sequels arriving fast and furious, Lionsgate is stretching the conclusion of "Divergent" out a bit: "Allegiant - Part 1" will arrive on March 16, 2016, and "Allegiant - Part 2" will bow on March 24, 2017.
Of course, studio Lionsgate has taken the same route with its "Hunger Games" franchise, which itself is based on the trilogy of the same name written by Suzanne Collins. With that series, the adaptation of the final book "Mockingjay" has been split into two halves.
The co-chairmen for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group (which includes Summit Entertainment) said in a statement announcing "Allegiant's" division that Roth's final "Divergent" installment has more than enough story to spread out across two films.
"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 two say in a joint 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."
After all, why settle for one blockbuster when you can have two?
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