The Divergent Series: Allegiant is a 2016 American dystopian romantic thriller film directed by Robert Schwentke with a screenplay by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, and Noah Oppenheim the third and (prematurely final installment) in The Divergent Series. It was originally set to be the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It is the sequel to Insurgent and was originally intended to be followed by the concluding entry, Ascendant.
The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Bill Skarsgård, Octavia Spencer, and Naomi Watts. Set in a post-apocalyptic and dystopian Chicago, the story follows Tris Prior, her boyfriend Four Eaton, and their small group of friends escaping over the wall that has enclosed the city. Once outside, however, they discover new truths that will shift their alliances and introduce new threats. The film was initially titled The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, however, in September 2015, Part 1 was renamed Allegiant and Part 2 as Ascendant. Principal photography primarily took place in Atlanta, Georgia from May 2015 until August that same year.
Allegiant was released on March 18, 2016, in theaters and IMAX and received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the lack of originality, character development, visual effects and the decision to split the film into two parts. The film was a box office bomb, grossing just $179 million worldwide against its $142 million budget, becoming the lowest-grossing Divergent film. This led initially to budget cuts on the fourth and final film. A theatrical release for Ascendant was later cancelled in favor of developing a television film and spinoff series for Starz. Due to lack of interest from cast members and network executives, plans for a television expansion were eventually cancelled, effectively ending the franchise.