"Divergent" is not living up to its title it would appear as the film series is now following the path of every other major young adult franchise of recent times - milking its audience with a two film finale.
Lionsgate and Summit have confirmed they plan to split the film adaptation of "Allegiant," the final book in Veronica Roth's trilogy, into two parts. "Allegiant Part 1" remains on course for a March 18th 2016 release while "Allegiant Part 2" will hit March 24th 2017.
In an official press release, Lionsgate Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsbergers say: "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."
There is one difference to the other franchises that have done two-part finales like "Harry Potter," "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games". In this case, the two parts will NOT be shot all at once and finished separately. Instead, they'll be produced as two completely separate films.
At 526 pages, the novel "Allegiant" is only one page longer than "Insurgent" and only 39 pages longer than "Divergent". It is behind the novel versions of "Breaking Dawn" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" which both came in at around 750 pages each, but is longer than "Mockingjay" which was 390 pages.
Filming on the second film, "Insurgent," gets underway next month with Robert Schwentke at the helm.