I can’t imagine how many times I’ve written this in the past, but here it goes: the final book adaptation of a successful young adult franchise will be split into…sigh…two films.
THR reported that the third film in the Divergent Trilogy will be split into two films, following the trend of Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter to stretch the final franchise chapter into a pair of back-to-back Easter films. This is the kind of news that fells like a kick in a part of your body where you’ve gotten a hundred kicks before: it doesn’t really hurt, but it reminds you of all the kicks that preceded it.
This news comes ahead of the release of the second film in the trilogy, Insurgent, which hits theatres on March 20th 2015. The two-parter will follow a year later: Allegiant: Part 1 will open on March 18, 2016, and Part 2 on March 24, 2017.
This is a formula that is even getting unpopular with fans of the films: the general consensus is that people would rather see one good film than two slower-paced films, which is completely understandable. It’s also worth noting that of all the aforementioned young adult franchises, Divergent has been the least well received with middling reviews criticising it’s predictability and hashed out formula of tween-oriented dystopian fiction. So the news that there will be a whole extra film kind of sucks.
Noah Oppenheim is writing the screenplay for Allegiant: Part 1, and Insurgent director Robert Schwentke will be returning for the next film at least.
The films star Shailene Woodley, Kate Kinslet and Theo James.
Are you a Divergent fan? What’s your take on a two-part finale?