Lionsgate talks DIVERGENT franchise future

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The final film of the Divergent trilogy, “Allegiant,” will be split into two parts, not unlike most YA film series these days.

The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed Lionsgate heads Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman who discussed being confident about splitting Allegiant into two movies. Last month, the announcement went out about cutting the Divergent finale into two parts.

Wachsberger and Friedman say that Allegiant’s split is a good decision because farewells take more time.

“One of the things we find in the last book [for any series] is that a lot of ends have to be wrapped up,” said Friedman. “They tend to be very dense. We felt the same way about Allegiant. There was more than enough material there to make two substantial, satisfying films.”

Now that Divergent has become an established franchise possibility with the first movie’s $250 million global success, the marketing approach to the sequel, Insurgent was commented to be different.

“It’s obviously a different story [than Divergent], and we don’t have to start from ground zero, explaining what Divergent is all about. The second film has a lot more action in it, so we’ll take it in a different direction.”

What’s your take on the split? Is it a truly original idea, or just a marketing ploy?

Source: Page to Premiere

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