The Divergent Series: Ascendant is the second part of the film adaptation of Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger and is slated to be released on June 9, 2017.
Beatrice Prior and Tobias Eaton venture into the world outside of the fence and are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. They discover the unknown truths of their real world in the second and final part of the thrilling ending to 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.”
The film’s name was originally scheduled to be The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 2, but the name was eventually changed. Veronica Roth confirmed the change via Tumblr in September 2015.
In December 2015, Variety reported Ascendant’s release date had been pushed back again and would premiere in June 9, 2017 for the theratrical release Power Rangers to take the March 24, 2017 spot.