‘The Maze Runner’ Trailer

Maze Runner trailer

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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In March, we were one of the first to post an animated action short film called Ruin. The short was directed by 2003 Student Academy Award-winner Wes Ball and set “way in the future” in a green post-apocalyptic universe. The film went viral in the days afterward, and signature shots from the short even appear in the pilot and commercials for the upcoming Bad Robot/Jon Favreau-directed series Revolution (and in my opinion, the visual effects from Ruin, look better than any of the effects created for the pilot).

It was only a matter of time before someone in Hollywood convinced Ball to adapt the property into a feature film. Earlier today 20th Century Fox made an offer to acquire the rights with McG set to produce the big screen adaptation.

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In March, I posted an Wes Ball‘s awesome computer animated post-apocalyptic short film Ruin. I’ve heard that the short got many in Hollywood talking. Since the release, I’ve been waiting and expecting to see Ball’s name in a headline of a Hollywood trade news break.

That has yet to happen, so I was surprised when watching the trailer for J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau‘s new NBC television series Revolution to see a shot from Ball’s short film. How did a shot from an animated short film end up in a trailer for Bad Robot’s latest? Did JJ and crew pay Ball for the clip or was it completely ripped-off? Answers after the jump.

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Ruin is an animated action short film set “way in the future” in a green post-apocalyptic universe. Directed by Wes Ball, who has been working in Hollywood for 8 years doing graphic work for HBO and DVD/Blu-ray featureetes. A graduate of Florida State University, Tallahasse, his 2003 short film A Work in Progress won the Bronze Metal at the Student Adacemy Awards (I have also included that film after the jump). Described as his “passion project”, Ball has been working on Ruin off and on for the last two years. Watch the short film now, embedded after the jump.

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