Not content to sit by and let Lionsgate/Summit hog the dystopian YA pie, 20th Century Fox is getting a move on with its own post-apocalyptic teen novel adaptation. Relative newcomer Wes Ball, who recently attracted attention for his short film “Ruin,” is now set to direct The Maze Runner.

Based on the book by James Dashner, the plot follows a teenage boy named Thomas who wakes up one day with no memory of his past. He finds himself in an enclosed expanse called the Glade, surrounded by other young men like him. When a girl is sent to their community, she brings a message that could reveal the truth about the Glade. More details after the jump.

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The latest bestselling young-adult novel to get a feature film adaptation has found itself a hot new screenwriter. Noah Oppenheim will adapt The Maze Runner, a New York Times bestselling adventure book by James Dashner, that follows a group of kids who must navigate a deadly maze to make it out of an alternative dimension. Catherine Hardwicke has been tapped to direct the film, which is set up at 20th Century Fox

Oppenheim, a former producer on The Today Show, hit the 2010 Black List and got the attention of Steven Spielberg with his script called Jackie, which is about Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s set up at Fox Searchlight. He’s also writing the American remake of Snabba Cash for Zac Efron. Read more about The Maze Runner, see a fan video and more after the jump. Read More »

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