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'Allegiant' will be two films? Why this decision might hurt Veronica Roth's work

There will be four movies for Four.

It was announced Friday morning that the final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, will be split into two films, coming out a year apart, bringing the franchise to four films total. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kicked off this trend — successfully — which means that now everyone feels free to turn their film installments into two projects (Twilight did it, and Hunger Games will do it as well). My colleague Darren Franich already wrote about why this is a trend that needs to die — and I wholeheartedly agree. But for Divergent/Allegiant specifically, I’m quite curious exactly how the studio plans to make two films — and how they plan to make sure that decision won’t ultimately hurt Veronica Roth’s work.

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'Divergent' scores: What does that mean for 'Allegiant'? -- POLL

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[SPOILERS for Divergent sequels Insurgent and Allegiant]

Exciting news for fans of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy: Divergent cleaned up at the box office this weekend, which means that the next two films — with release dates already set for March 2015 and 2016, respectively — are likely a go. Fans will be seeing a lot more of Theo James and Shailene Woodley.

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This week's cover: Getting ready for 'Divergent'

Not every movie adapted from a popular Young Adult novel is necessarily a guaranteed hit. For every Twilight or Hunger Games, there are plenty of others that didn’t manage to reach the same heights. (Think: Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Vampire Academy, for example.)

This week’s cover story takes a close look at Divergent — based on the best-selling series by Veronica Roth and in theaters March 21 — starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless). The pressure is on for this film to soothe the jangled nerves of a jittery industry that is watching the film closely, in hopes that it will be the one to continue the wave of YA hits. EW’s Sara Vilkomerson spoke to the filmmakers and actors about what it’s like to have such high expectations on their shoulders, and, for the stars, how they answer the constant question about whether they are ready for fame. “It’s completely impossible to answer,” Theo James says. “If you say anything, you sound like a douche bag because who knows what the f— is going to happen?” (His co-star agrees. “It’s something that hasn’t happened yet,” says Woodley. “Anyway, change is inevitable. It happens every day. I’m not going to change my life at all — I love the way I live. I’m not going to worry about it.”) READ FULL STORY

'Allegiant' controversial ending: Veronica Roth speaks out

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[SPOILERS ABOUND: This post is all about the ending of Allegiant, which you don't want spoiled for you if you've yet to read it.]

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the woman who created Tris Prior isn’t afraid of much.
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This Week's Cover: A first look at the making of 'Divergent'

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Looking for the next YA movie sensation? This week, EW offers an exclusive first look at the making of Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA best-seller. The movie’s set in a futuristic Chicago, and stars one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising young actresses, Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), who’s also snagged the Mary Jane role in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and the lead in the adaptation of another beloved bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars. As one of her costars, Jai Courtney, puts it, “She’s going to be such a big f - - -ing star.”

In the future world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions devoted to particular virtues. But Woodley’s character, Beatrice, is classified as “divergent.” That means she’s suited for more than one faction and, as we later learn, headed for trouble. Beatrice finds an ally — and a love interest — in an instructor named Four, played by Theo James. (You may remember him dying in Lady Mary’s bed in season one of Downton Abbey). On the set, Woodley seemed delighted to find that James also took the possibility of superstardom with a grain of salt. “We’re not into the industry and have separate lives outside of it,” she told EW. “That’s refreshing. I don’t know what I would do if Four was played by someone who cared what he looked like or spent more time in front of the mirror than I do.”
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'Divergent' sequel 'Insurgent' has a screenwriter. Five scenes we can't wait to see

Now that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has found its screenwriter – Jane Got a Gun scribe Brian Duffield — it’s time we start talking about what we hope to see in the film. (Even though Divergent – which stars Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet — is currently in production and won’t be released until next March, it’s never too early for these discussions, right?)

Much like Divergent, it seems like Insurgent was designed to be a movie: with big action sequences and many different original locations your imagination has probably already created a perfect dystopian Chicago for you to think about. Note to Duffield: below are five scenes we already can’t wait to check out in the film version of Insurgent. [Obvious spoiler alert if you haven't yet read the book!] READ FULL STORY

'Divergent': The movie's most highly anticipated scenes -- and a few we're worried about

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is not a book that comes off as unfilmable. From its opening pages to its dramatic, action-packed conclusion, this dystopian tale seems like it was always designed to be turned into a movie — which may be why Summit Entertainment bought the book’s film rights months before the novel was even published.

Given this, it’s not tough to pick out five scenes from Divergent that I can’t wait to see rendered on the big screen. (Caution: Book spoilers follow, of course.) Specifically:

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Fantasy casting: 'Divergent' edition

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With the news that Kate Winslet is very close to signing on to star in the film adaptation of Divergent (presumably, though nof officially, as cunning antagonist Jeanine Matthews), it’s only natural to start thinking about how else director Neil Burger (Limitless) should fill out the cast.

Veronica Roth’s 2011 YA thriller often gets compared to The Hunger Games. And it’s true, both series feature brave, bad-ass heroines in a dystopian future and plenty of life-or-death action. Divergent‘s Beatrice Prior, 16, must choose a faction to call home. Each faction is dedicated to virtues found within society: There’s Erudite for the more cerebral; Candor for the honest; Amity for those seeking peace; Abnegation for the selfless; and Dauntless for the brave. There’s no sorting hat to help those decide so it’s a shock when Beatrice — who grew up in an Abnegation home and based on her test results was eligible to go to three different factions — chooses to go with the wild and daring Dauntless and rename herself Tris. Initiation is scarily competitive. While Tris makes friends and embarks on a romance with the mysterious and stoic “Four,” she’s also guarding a secret about herself that could put her life in danger. READ FULL STORY

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