The Maze Runner The Scorch Trials (1)

After narrowly escaping the maze in the first film, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his comrades discover that life outside the Glade is no picnic either in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Turns out the Glade was just Phase One of a program developed by the none too subtly named WCKD, as a response to a catastrophic solar flare that has decimated the planet.

In search of answers, our heroes head out into an unforgiving desert landscape known as the Scorch, filled with roving zombie-like creatures known as Cranks. (This franchise loves capitalizing things for no reason.) Basically, think Mad Max meets Oblivion, plus the zombies from 28 Days Later. Yeah. Not a good scene. Watch the first Maze Runner The Scorch Trials trailer after the jump. Read More »

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20th Century Fox has revealed the first images from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. And to look at them, it seems there’s both good and bad news for Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends played by Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Ki Hong Lee.

On the bright side, they’re spending a lot less time in mazes nowadays. On the other hand, it looks like they’re still on the run. Or rather, they would be if they could. Get your Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials first look after the jump. (Needless to say, but spoilers for The Maze Runner are below.) Read More »

Maze Runner Sequel The Death Cure movie

One of the trends that I almost included in my list of 9 current movie and television trends I hate is when Hollywood decides to split the last book in a series of film adaptations in two (or in the case of The Hobbit, in three). Sure, sometimes a book is huge, like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and you would think that the only way to bring the story to the screen is to allow enough time so that its not hacked to its core. But often its more of a money grab from Hollywood (remember, its the show BUSINESS — why have one successful movie when you can squeeze it into two?), and even the case of long books (like Hallows) they end up feeling like half a story and the result is less satisfying than a movie with a full story arc.

Well Wes Ball is currently adapting The Maze Runner book series into movies, and the first film was very successful (over $200 million worldwide) and warrants a follow up. The Scorch Trials will hit theaters on September 18th 2015, with plans to hopefully complete the young-adult post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy of books by James Dashner. Now director Wes Ball has come out publicly saying he isn’t planning to split the third book into two films. Find out the reason why The Death Cure movie adaptation will remain one film, after the jump.

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Aidan Gillen Game of Thrones

Aidan Gillen, best known for playing Thomas Carcetti on The Wire, Littlefinger on Game of Thrones, and an early victim of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, has just signed for a brand new franchise. He’s been cast as Janson, the primary villain of The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the current hit The Maze Runner. Referred to as the characters as Rat-Man, he has an even bigger part in the third book, The Death Cure.

After The Maze Runner‘s big opening weekend, 20th Century Fox green-lit the sequel aimed at a release almost one year from right now, September 18, 2015. Now that the Scorch Trials cast is coming together, filming stars in October. Read More »

Maze Runner Sequel Release Date

The big screen adaptation of The Maze Runner hit theaters this weekend, earning an estimated $37.6 million (placing #3 on the top five all-time September opens). This is very good for a movie that was made for a projected $30 million. Hot off the success, 20th Century Fox has announced a 2015 release date for The Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials. Learn more about The Maze Runner sequel release date, after the jump.

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Steven Soderbergh on Magic Mike set

Thought the piss-poor box office figures for this past summer would discourage studios from making more sequels? Think again. After the jump:

  • Relativity will release The Woman in Black 2
  • Could Koba be back for the next Apes movie?
  • Wesley Snipes might return for another Blade film
  • Will Forte still really wants a MacGruber sequel
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 may set sail for Australia
  • Mission: Impossible 5 jets off to Morocco
  • Is there any chance of more Deadwood?
  • 24 may get that long-promised big screen sequel yet
  • More Flowers in the Attic TV movies are coming
  • Rumor has it the 50 Shades sequel will star a Kardashian
  • The next Maze Runner is already in pre-production
  • See a (SFW) pic from the set of Magic Mike XXL
  • Lorde maybe teases her Hunger Games contribution

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A new panoramic process, the modern version of Cinerama, is on the immediate horizon. The ultra-wide screen projection process Cinerama had a brief heyday in the ’50s, when the 146° arc of the Cinerama screen was one of several challenges to television mounted by studios and theater owners. Now, giant-screen exhibition is limited to IMAX, a few dome projections, and special event setups such as the Warner Bros. domination of Hall H at Comic Con, where fully half the hall was wrapped in projection screens.

A company called Barco is now pushing a display tech it calls Escape, in which two additional screens are positioned on either side of a primary cinema screen to create a panoramic image. Now, the first Escape auditoriums are being finished, and The Maze Runner will be the first film to take advantage of them, starting September 19.  Read More »

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I’m not sure if /Film readers are looking forward to The Maze Runner, as it might look like another young adult book adaptation. But the footage that was screened at Comic Con surprised those in attendance, and I think it will we will all be pleasantly surprised by the film when its released.

We’ve been following filmmaker Wes Ball since the release of his computer animated short film Ruin a couple years ago. (He has a deal with Fox to eventually make a big screen adaptation of the short.) Ball is part of a new generation of filmmakers who display a mastery of computer-generated imagery and know how to use it as part of the filmmaking toolset. Yesterday the filmmaker went on a mini-rant on Twitter about how he believes audiences are ready for a fully-CG computer-animated feature film for adults, and how he wants to see a “photographic” quality computer-animated feature. He even teased a project he’s been working on for some time. Check out some concept art, a poster and a concept pitch teaser trailer for Wes Ball‘s In Search Of Humans. Learn more, after the jump.

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Maze Runner trailer 2

Comic Con fans got a preview of The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball based on the book by James Dashner, and the fans loved it. Now there’s a new Maze Runner trailer, which delves a bit deeper into the story of a young guy named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s Teen Wolf) who finds himself in the Glade, a wholly unusual community in the middle of a massive labyrinth. There he and the other boys similarly exiled try to survive and escape the maze. Things get more complicated when Teresa (Kaya Scodelario of Skins) shows up. She’s the first woman to arrive in the Glade, and she already knows Thomas.  Read More »