Why settle for one blockbuster, when you can have two?
Lionsgate have ignored the fact that critics pretty much hated the first film in the trilogy adapted from Veronica Roth book, and have announced that the third film – Allegiant – will be split into two films a la Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The latter, of course, is also a Lionsgate property.
Divergent is adapted from Veronica Roth's popular book of the same name
The co-chairmen for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said in a statement announcing "Allegiant's" split into two movies that Roth's final "Divergent" installment has easily enough content to allow two features to derive from 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 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."
And while ‘Divergent’ didn’t wow the critics, it made an okay financial impact from the global box office. The creative team behind the project will have to learn from the mistakes that lead to the film garnering an less than satisfying 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
One reviewer noted: “The more you scrutinise the society Roth and these screenwriters have created, the more it seems a chintzily self-designed dystopia whose rules and entire infrastructure are pure cardboard.” (Tim Robey for The Daily Telegraph)
While another – Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent – wrote: “This is a slickly made, energetic teen sci-fi yarn, let down by its derivative and schematic storyline.”