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The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the first part of the film adaptation of Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It was directed by Robert Schwentke and was released on March 18, 2016.


The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

(Official Summary from The Divergent Series)






The splitting of Allegiant into two films was officially announced on April 11, 2014. “Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in Allegiant, a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger 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.”

Veronica Roth revealed via Tumblr on September 10, 2015, that the fourth movie would have a title change, resulting in the "Part 1" being removed from the title of the third film.

Filming Edit

Filming for Allegiant started in Atlanta, Georgia on May 18th 2016, and was concluded on August 23rd. Shooting also took place in Lindale Mill outside the city from June 11th to 23rd.

Post Production Edit

Post production (as well as development and filming) for Allegiant was reportedly rushed, as revealed in a conference call for Lionsgate's CEO (see below). It was reported that the crew was on an "impossible schedule" in terms of visual effects and music. In February 2016, it was revealed that director Robert Schwentke wouldn't direct Ascendant due to the tight time-crunch. Schwentke was working seven days a week, and had to start pre-production on Ascendant soon after. The Hollywood Reporter looked into the situation after Allegiant was released, and revealed that he was under huge stress and exhaustion. One particular news report rumoured that there was conflict between star Shailene Woodley and Schwentke, with Woodley reportedly unhappy with Allegiant's script and Lionsgate pushing the release date without taking their time.

Several trailers where released to promote the film. A teaser was released in September 2015, and an official trailer in November. In January 2016, a trailer called "Tear Down the Wall" was aired, and another final trailer in Febuary. In the months leading up to Allegiant's release, a group of TV spots aired which contained newer shots, and more polished visual effects and reshoots.

Box-Office and Reception Edit

Box-Office Edit

The Divergent Series: Allegiant was a box-office disappointment. It grossed $66.2 million in North America and $110.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $176.9 million. It grossed nearly 200 million less than its two predecessors. The sudden loss of interest in the series led Lionsgate to both slash Ascendant's budget, and possibly move it to a TV film. The final decision for this move is yet to be seen.

Critical Reception Edit

Allegiant was cooly received by critics, receiving only a 13% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and on Metacritic it scored 33 out of 100. It was criticised for its lack of originality, divergence from the novel, a problematic script and bad visual effects. It received mostly negative reviews from critics, audiences and fans. Its most criticism derived from Lionsgate's move to split the final book into a two-part finale, which was viewed by most people as a cash-grab.

The negativity led to Lionsgate admitting that the film had been "rushed", as they had wanted to meet a specific release date. The CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a conference: “Maybe we rushed the third movie a bit instead of taking our time with it. We wanted to hit a date.”


DVD/Blu-Ray ReleaseEdit

Allegiant was released on Digital HD June 21, 2016, and on DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K Ultra HD on July 12. Since Allegiant was released in 4K Ultra HD, Divergent (film) and The Divergent Series: Insurgent were rereleased in 4K Ultra HD with Allegiant. 

DVD Special FeaturesEdit

Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher

Allegiant: Book to Film

Battle in the Bullfrog

Blu-Ray Special FeaturesEdit

Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher

Allegiant: Book to Film

Battle in the Bullfrog

Finding the Future: Effects and Technology

Characters in Conflict

The Next Chapter: Cast and Characters

Building the Bureau

Trivia Edit

  • Allegiant had started filming on May 19, 2015 and it will only be the first part only. Because Shailene said "We are filming part one first and then part two later on. Because we are only focusing on the first part first, so that the fans won't be disappointed".
  • Shailene and Theo confirmed in a live stream for Insurgent that Allegiant Part 1 & Part 2 will be shot separately instead of back to back.
  • Allegiant Part 1 will be going into production under the code name "Element"
  • Allegiant - Part 1 officially wrapped Filming on August 14.


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