Divergent Movie Franchise Expands; Final Book Split Into Two Films

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Divergent is going the way of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games.

Lionsgate announced today that the Divergent trilogy’s concluding book, Allegiant, will be split into two films, with Allegiant - Part 1 coming out on March 18, 2016; and Allegiant - Part 2 on March 24, 2017.

Shailene Woodley as Tris

"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, adding:

"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."

To date, Divergent has raked in $117 million at the domestic box office in its opening three weeks of release.

The second film of the saga, Insurgent, will hit theaters March 20, 2015.

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