Here's Why Lions Gate Isn't Splitting 'Allegiant' Into Two Films...Yet

Call me crazy, but Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF  ) and Summit Entertainment sure seem confident their promising new Divergent movie franchise will succeed.

Despite the fact the first film is still set to debut in March, Lions Gate surprised industry watchers recently by confirming the release date of the third movie, Allegiant, which is now slated to hit theaters on March 18, 2016.

But while Lions Gate is certainly making a statement by setting Allegiant's date so far in advance, some are wondering why it hasn't announced plans to split the film in two. After all, that's what they've done with the final books for their other significant novel-based franchises in both Twilight and The Hunger Games. So, like it or not, it seems reasonable to assume they'd want to do the same with Allegiant this time around.

But according to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, Lions Gate is likely just being prudent until it gets a better idea of exactly how well audiences respond to Divergent this March.

And remember, Steve says, while Divergent's production budget hasn't been officially confirmed, analysts have estimated it to be in the $80 million range. That's on par with the $78 million Lions Gate spent to bring The Hunger Games to life in March 2012. As a result, and considering Lions Gate increased the budget for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to $130 million after the first film proved a huge success, it's safe to assume we'll see something similar happen if Divergent proves anywhere near as lucrative.

To hear Steve's full take on what this means for both Divergent fans and Lions Gate investors going forward, check out the video below.

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  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 4:34 PM, Michelle285 wrote:

    I'm pretty sure it's because they read Allegiant and realized there is barely enough material to fill one movie, and besides, their time and resources are going to be pretty well spent on the team of screenwriters it will take to completely throw away that book's storyline and rewrite it from scratch, because the entire basis of that book is so irrelevant from the other two it's like fan fiction.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 4:36 PM, Michelle285 wrote:

    Also maybe because they expect the franchise to be successful, but not THAT successful, which is why they scheduled both sequels for the same non-lucrative time in March as the first movie. If they thought this franchise was going to be big enough to split the third book into two movies, they wouldn't have scheduled the latter movies in March.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 6:31 PM, monarchmike wrote:

    And maybe it's because they realize that people like your writers will have trouble learning how to spell the name accurately. It's "Allegiant" with an "A", not "Allegient" with an "E". Your article goes back and forth both ways, as well as the article's title and video title having it wrong. I know, it's confusing because both "Divergent" and "Insurgent" have the "E". But, seriously, this 3rd book in the series, is the worst, and would end up needlessly padding the events to lengthen the storyline much like what happened with "Twilight: Breaking Bad", and what is happening with "The Hobbit". There already is fan backlash to splitting books into multiple movies, and "Divergent" has yet to prove itself movie-wise as either the next high-end "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games" book-to-movie series, or as the next low-end "The Host" or "The Mortal Instruments" book-to-movie series.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2014, at 8:41 PM, TMFSunshine wrote:

    Thanks for the correction, monarchmike. We've made the change.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 9:24 PM, Julphil39 wrote:

    I happen to like the books so much that I could not stop reading them until I got to almost the end of the last one and find out 'Tris dies and it breaks my heart. I know it's a book but that's what's you want when you write a book or make a movie, you want emotions and that's what I felt throughout the whole series. Why does she have to die? Seriously, there is no need for it. You can find another way for her and Tobias to live their lives together after they worked so hard to get that freedom!!! Just saying'.....alternate ending, you've done it with other movies, can't you do it with this one? I so cannot wait to see them!!!!!!!

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