What evil hath Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter wrought?
As someone who sat through Divergent, the first entry in Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA trilogy which finds the post-apocalyptic citizens of Chicago in a sans Thesaurus existence, I honestly can’t imagine how there could be enough story in this series for three films, let alone enough to allow for the splitting of the final book into two separate motion pictures (which I’m sure will run over two hours apiece). But the YA adaptation business model now demands that all ultimate entries be divided into two installments so that they may steal all of the allowance your thirteen-year-old daughter has been bequeathed. No word on whether or not Satan’s minions will be waiting outside the door of each theater house, ready to take their blood as well (Lucifer, from what I hear, is only actually going to show up to the Hollywood premiere).
I can understand folks getting upset over this, as the business of serialized storytelling continues to dilute the legitimate art form of cinema, but idiots will continue to pay for this stuff, so studios will relentlessly gouge their audience for more of that mother’s milk. What is sort of baffling is the fact that the first film hasn’t exactly set the world on fire (according to B.O. Mojo, Divergent has only netted $118 million thus far). But with a sequel already set to open next year (on March 20, 2015), it seems that Lionsgate is putting all their chips into this bet.
Lionsgate co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger explained the decision in a statement:
“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.”
Allegiant, Part 1 will open March 18, 2016, while Allegiant, Part 2 will come out almost a year to the day later on March 24, 2017, yet the two halves of Allegiant will be shot separately, rather than back-to-back.
To be honest, none of this really makes any sense and reeks of studio desperation, but I don’t work there and just want this story to be over. You guys have any suggestions for lunch?