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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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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 »

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Earlier today we ran early reactions from the first screening of The Maze Runner, all of which were overwhelmingly positive. At today’s 20th Century Fox panel Wes Ball talked about wanting to make a sequel and continue the story of The Maze Runner book adaptations on the big screen. That of course all depends on how well the film does when it hits theaters on September 19th, 2014. But if all goes as planned, Ball says they want to start shooting on the followup in Fall 2014. He even released the first piece of concept art from the potential sequel. Hit the jump to check out The Maze Runner sequel concept art which was revealed in Hall H.
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On June 4th 2013, I spent the night and early morning hours on a farm outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the set of Wes Ball‘s upcoming movie adaptation The Maze Runner. Ball describes the film as Lord of the Flies meets Lost, so you know I am already very interested in this one. After the jump you can read about everything I learned about the movie while on The Maze Runner set.

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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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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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