The MAze Runner
Wes Ball‘s big-screen adaptation of The Maze Runner had a secret fan screening on Thursday night at Comic-Con. No press or critics were in attendance, but we can take a look at the early buzz coming from the fan tweets. As you probably know, The Maze Runner is based on a young adult bok about a group of teenagers who are stuck in the Glade, a living space that lies in the middle of a maze. This maze opens up during the daytime and closes at night, and the walls periodically shift into new configurations. The first “glader” emerged into the Glade and maze three years ago, and a new glader has appeared once a month since then. After the jump we have collected a bunch of The Maze Runner fan reactions from twitter.

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The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 are now online. This is the same footage director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel presented at WonderCon 2014 this weekend so you now have a unique opportunity to check out the footage. Below not only can you watch the beginning of the film, you can watch a video blog reaction of it shot at WonderCon featuring myself, Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer.

Then, as an added bonus, we’ll also discuss our thoughts on footage screened from Wes Ball’s YA adaptation, The Maze Runner. Check out the How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening and a video blog reaction blow. Read More »

‘The Maze Runner’ Trailer

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The first Maze Runner trailer is all dire situations:  Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up in an elevator that quickly pushes him up into a gigantic maze. He and a bunch of other boys are trapped there, and Thomas learns in short order that escaping probably won’t be easy. It might not even be possible. Kids explore it each day, but nights in the maze are deadly. And then the girl arrives, and she knows Thomas.

Wes Ball directs the adaptation of the book by James Dashner and this first trailer shows the wild scope of the maze and a hint of a few of the dangers within.

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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner has yet to prove itself as the next Hunger Games, if only because it’s not even set to open for another year. But 20th Century Fox is feeling pretty confident in the film, to the extent that they’ve already begun work on the sequel.

The studio has just optioned the rights to The Scorch Trials, the second installment of James Dashner‘s four-part dystopian YA saga. (Yep, another one.) T.S. Nowlin, who co-wrote the first movie, is set to script, under the supervision of The Maze Runner director Wes Ball. More about the movie and its possible follow-up after the jump.

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Thanks to the massive success of the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises, young adult novels are the hottest genre in all of Hollywood. Almost every single studio has its flag attached to a series of YA stories, hoping to duplicate those blockbusters. There’s Divergent and The Mortal Instruments in the offing, as well as The Maze Runner. That final one, based on a New York Times bestselling adventure book by James Dashner, follows a group of kids who must navigate a deadly maze to escape an alternate dimension.

20th Century Fox is producing the film, directed by Wes Ball, and the first photos have been revealed. Check them out below. Read More »

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 »

Catherine Hardwicke has seemingly moved on from her early days as a director of arthouse films with a youth-oriented bent. (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) Now she’s enmeshed in more mainstream films with a youth-oriented bent. To follow up Twilight, she is in post-production on Red Riding Hood, which Warner Bros. will release in February of next year. (Here’s the trailer.) Now she’s reportedly at the negotiating table for a deal to direct a film based on the James Dasher novel The Maze Runner, which is the opening chapter of a young-adult sci-fi series. Read More »

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