In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of Lionsgate, sat down and discussed ‘Divergent’, including their reasoning behind splitting Allegiant into two films.
Apparently, the reason was because they wanted enough time to wrap up all the loose ends. “We obviously did it with Twilight, and we’ve done it with Hunger Games,” says Friedman. “One of the things we find in the last book is that a lot of ends have to be wrapped up. They tend to be very dense. We felt the same way about Allegiant. There was more than enough material there to make two substantial, satisfying films.”
When asked about the recent success with ‘Divergent’, Wachsberger said the following, “It’s fantastic. We have established a franchise, no question. You cannot useTwilight as a barometer every time. We broke the curse of the young adult films. I mean, $150 million domestically is not chopped liver. The book wasn’t so well established internationally. But when we started marketing the movie overseas, the book sales went through the roof, and the drop for the film from week-to-week has been very small.”
All of this talk definitely makes us excited!
You can read the full interview here.