Lionsgate Head on Why ‘Divergent: Allegiant’ Was Terrible

This year's The Divergent Series: Allegiant, the third installment in the ongoing Divergent series, is arguably one of the most poorly reviewed (You can read our review here) films to date. While it was an improvement over its predecessor, 2015's The Divergent Series: Insurgent, it still didn't rake in box office sales, which was expected of it considering the success of the first movie, 2014's Divergent. Allegiant only took in less than half of what the first movie made from domestic sales.

Apparently, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has an answer for the underwhelming performance of the film at the box office as well as why the movie's terrible production quality.

According to The Wrap, Feltheimer said during a conference call:

Maybe we rushed the third movie a bit instead of taking our time with it. We wanted to hit a date.

I don't know about you, but this doesn't make sense to me.

As our review reads:

The film already boasted a jargon glossary double the size of its nearest rival but rather than just build on this establishment, it has to rename and reclassify everyone... again. Now people are Pure or Damaged, Factionless or Allegiant.The endless terminology really takes away from the enjoyment and means the film spends nearly half its run time just explaining itself.

If the studio had enough time to create and introduce new classifications of factions into the film, why didn't they take the time to simply cut to the chase and make use of what's been established in the previous films? All the previous actors were there, and the director of Divergent and Insurgent, Robert Schwentke, helmed the film to boot. There was no need for introductions and finding the rhythm in the third movie, and there certainly isn't need for all that introduction of the new factions. In addition, the movie IS based on an existing novel, so it shouldn't have been too time-consuming to create the twists.

Well, Schwentke has since left the series, and the fourth movie, Ascendant, will now be helmed by Age of Adaline director Lee Toland Krieger. There are still no updates about this fourth film, so I guess we'll have to wait and see whether it will materialize at all.

Divergent: Ascendant is slated for release on June 9, 2017.

Read: Divergent 4 Budget Has Been Greatly Reduced

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