In an unsurprising turn of events, the film studio Lionsgate has decided to split the upcoming “Allegiant” into two separate films. “Allegiant” is the third and final addition to Veronica Roth’s trilogy of young adult novels that began with “Divergent.” Apparently there is too much in that novel to cover in one movie, if the studio is to be believed.


This turn is unsurprising considering the recent trend of young adult franchises splitting books into multiple films, even when it feels unnecessary. It started with “Harry Potter.” “The Deathly Hallows” was split into two movies in a decision that felt justified, considering the length, scale, and scope of that novel by J.K. Rowling.


“Twilight” was the next to follow, splitting the final book, “Breaking Dawn” into two films. Lionsgate’s decision in that case felt far less credible than the one made on “Harry Potter.” The book could have been done in one movie, and splitting it into two felt like the studio was milking the franchise for more money.


More recently, the third book of “The Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay,” was chosen to be split into two films. Though it does still feel like a cash grab by the studio, “The Hunger Games” has proven to be a much more serious film franchise than “Twilight” or even “Divergent,” and splitting up that third book may not have been such a bad idea.


The jury is still out on “Allegiant.” Maybe splitting it into two films will be successful, maybe it will be a financial bust because the franchise will lose steam. It remains to be seen. Either way, those films will be directed by Robert Schwentke and will be released in 2016 and 2017.


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