The final book in the Divergent trilogy will be split into two movies, said Lionsgate, following the same formula the studio used for the upcoming final instalments of The Hunger Games series.
Allegiant Part 1 is set to be released on March 18, 2016, and its second part a year later on March 24, 2017, the studio announced.
Divergent, a dystopian thriller based on the young adult book series by author Veronica Roth, stars Shailene Woodley and was released last month, grossing $116.6 million so far at the US box office.
The series tells the story of a futuristic society that divides people into groups based on personality traits.
Woodley’s character, teen heroine Tris Prior, becomes a threat to the government-enforced system as her multiple dominant traits make it difficult for her to fit into society.
The second film in the franchise, Insurgent is set to begin production next month with a release date of March 20, 2015. Theo James stars alongside Woodley in the films.
Lionsgate will release the final two instalments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence in November, followed by the second part in November 2015.
The Hunger Games series has so far grossed $1.5 billion in global ticket sales.
The final instalment of the Twilight series, another young adult book series adapted for the big screen by Summit Entertainment, was split into two parts. Lions Gate purchased Summit in 2012 and distributed the final Twilight film.
The series grossed $3.3 billion over five films released between 2008 and 2012.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2014.
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