Fans of the Divergent series are on pins and needles waiting for the next installment to come to the big screen. Of course, most of them have already read the books, so they know what’s coming in general, but that doesn’t matter much when it comes to the movie adaptations. Even though filming on part one of the final movie already wrapped, MTV News reported a big change that may affect the final two movies in a most unexpected way and that, more than anything, has the internet aflutter.
Allegiant is due out in March of 2016 and is based off of the third book in the series, titled Allegiant. The movie is also no longer called Allegiant Part 1; it’s now simply titled Allegiant. This third installment of the series got a brand new tagline to go with it’s new name: “Break the boundaries of your world,” according to E! Online. That’s good and fine, but what has the masses equal parts hopeful and angry is the name change for the series’ fourth movie installment. The movie recently went from Allegiant Part 2 to Ascendant. E! Online also reported that Ascendant also got a new tagline: “The end is never what you expect.”
— Divergent Series (@DivergentSeries) September 11, 2015
What does this mean for the ending? Movies tend to take a more broad view of the literary series they’re portraying anyway, finding ways to expand on the ideas already present. While Divergent the movie followed it’s literary counterpart fairly close, fans saw the second movie of the series, Insurgent veer off slightly from the book’s plot. This gave some fans hope that the final movies of the series would also reflect a change in the ending. Those same fans began a petition, now 1,836 strong, to change or at least have two endings to reflect Tris, played by actress Shailene Woodley, living as well as dying. Will they get their wish?
— Sabina (@an_sabrine) September 11, 2015
OMG!!! I am very excited for a great movie 2
— Stefanie Aline Ellis (@Direction5SOS17) September 10, 2015
Author of the Divergent series, Veronica Roth, doesn’t have an inside track to the new script or reason behind the name change, but she was quick to share her thoughts. She took to her Tumblr page to say that although she’s excited to see what they come up with, she is nervous to see the results. According to some fans, Roth has a reason to be nervous.
— اتس ساندي بتشز ! (@BentTamav) September 10, 2015
LITERALLY WHO DO THE DIVERGENT PRODUCERS THINK THEY ARE YOU CANT CHANGE THE NAME OF THE LAST BOOK/MOVIE
— ava (@tropicoava) September 10, 2015
Excuuuuuse meeeee. You can't just go and change the name of the last Divergent movie to something completely random and not book related!
— Alissa Lindemann (@AlissaLindemann) September 10, 2015
The Divergent series is beloved, and although the ending is often viewed as hard and sad, it’s also thought of as beautiful and necessary. Even Woodley and Theo James, who plays Four/Tobias Eaton, were on board with her character dying.
Changing the name doesn’t necessarily mean a plot or ending change, but it does allow a little more freedom with both. After all, as Allegiant is the last book in the Divergent series, there is no book titled Ascendant. If there’s no book, it may be thought of as having no rules to follow.
What do you think? Will a different ending make a better end to the Divergent series, or will a change be just messing with perfection?
[Image via Divergent Series]