Shailene Woodley will be ruling March for even longer than we thought she would.
Lionsgate announced Friday that the Divergent trilogy’s final book, Allegiant, will be split into two films – following the franchise trend spurred by the Harry Potter films and aped by both the Twilight movies and the Hunger Games series. Allegiant – Part 1 will be released March 18, 2016, while Allegiant – Part 2 will arrive on March 24, 2017. The studio has not announced where they plan to split the novel’s story.
“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.”
So far, Divergent has made $117 million at the domestic box office in its first three weeks of release. Up next will be the second film of the saga, Insurgent (directed by Robert Schwentke), which will hit theaters March 20, 2015.