Book to Screen: THE MAZE RUNNER Works But Can’t Compare to James Dashner’s Book

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First off, I enjoyed Maze Runner the movie quite a bit.  It’s got a great pace, stunning visuals and strong performances all-around, but there are some significant differences between the book and the film and, simply put, the book does it better.  One of the biggest challenges of adapting a book to film is condensing it and more so than ever when you’re working with a narrative that goes down in a brand new environment like The Glade.

Not only did director Wes Ball have to develop a Glade full of multidimensional characters, but he also had to set up a brand new world and convey the rules that govern it.  The situation is actually pretty straightforward – there are kids trapped in a maze and they have to figure out how to get out – but then you’re wondering, why are they there?  Who put them there?  What’s going on in the outside world?  It isn’t easy answering those questions in less than two hours and that’s where the movie pales in comparison to the book, but there are other elements that are strong enough to make The Maze Runner one of the more successful YA adaptations we’ve got.  Hit the jump for the ups and downs of the adaptation process.  Warning: There are major spoilers for the book and the movie in this feature. 

THE MAZE RUNNER Review

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Every new YA movie that includes a supernatural or dystopian aspect now sits in the shadow of The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games has taken on an epic sci-fi approach weaving social commentary into its dystopian setting.  Divergent is content to be a Hunger Games imitator.  And now we have The Maze Runner, a film edging towards the mystery and sci-fi of The Hunger Games, but trying to find its own way by establishing a unique world that still plays with familiar coming-of-age themes.  Thankfully, director Wes Ball‘s confident feature debut creates a distinct, intriguing setting packed with thrilling action scenes.  Despite the lack of a strong lead performance, Ball has successfully translated a new young adult property to the big screen.

THE MAZE RUNNER Clip and Character Posters; Plus Additional Promos Featuring The Grievers

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If you’re going to survive The Maze Runner, you’ve got to follow the rules.  You’ve got to check out the map room, get your section assignment, gear up and only then can you run into the maze to try to find a way out.  And if that’s not hard enough, you’ve also got to make sure you make it back into The Glade before those doors close, otherwise, the Grievers will get you.

It’s always been clear that the James Dashner book has some serious big screen potential, but now that The Maze Runner promo material is pouring in ahead of the film’s September 19th release, it’s more evident than ever.  Hit the jump to catch a brand new The Maze Runner clip as well as some new promo videos and character posters, too.

3 New THE MAZE RUNNER Clips and James Dashner Walk and Talk Featurette

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Almost any film can end up with a sleekly edited trailer, but film clips are different.  Sure, they’re completely out of context, but there’s no better way to get a good sense of tone and the potential of the performances than by seeing a more comprehensive version of a scene.

20th Century Fox just unveiled three brand new clips from their September 19th release, The Maze Runner, and if their intensity is any indication, the full feature is going to be one heck of a film.  Hit the jump to catch all three The Maze Runner clips as well as a featurette of author James Dashner touring the set of the film.

THE MAZE RUNNER Featurette Introduces The Gladers

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Admittedly I was hoping this thing was “Meet the Gladers” as in meet the characters of the film, but it’s still nice to see how well the ensemble cast gets along.  Rather than introduce us to Thomas, Gally, Teresa, Minho and Newt, we get to hear about Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangter’s experience making The Maze Runner, which apparently was a particularly enjoyable shoot.

The film marks Wes Ball’s feature directorial debut and he seems like he was pretty happy on set too, so hopefully the fun of making it winds up translating into a high quality film.  Check out the good times on set for yourself in The Maze Runner featurette after the jump.  The film is set to hit theaters on September 19th and also stars Blake Cooper, Aml Ameen and Patricia Clarkson.

Comic-Con: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, James Dashner and Wes Ball Talk THE MAZE RUNNER, First Fan Reactions, and the Film’s Maturity

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Arriving in theaters September 19 is The Maze Runner, director Wes Ball‘s adaptation of James Dashner‘s hit YA novel of the same name. The story centers on a group of teenagers stuck in a place known only as “The Glade” with no memory of who they are or how they got there, and only one way out – through a giant, ever-shifting maze harboring deadly creatures called “Grievers”. The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’BrienKaya ScodelarioWill PoulterThomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson.

Last weekend at Comicon I spoke with O’Brien, Scodelario, Poulter, Ball and Dashner about the film. They talked about the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the first fan screening, filming in the harsh Louisiana conditions, why the maturity of the film will surprise people, what they’re most excited for fans to see, and more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE MAZE RUNNER Debuts Nine New Posters; Some With a Refreshingly Classic Look

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20th Century Fox has released nine new posters for The Maze Runner (this is in addition to the surprisingly good trailer that hit earlier today), director Wes Ball’s adaptation of the James Dashner novel.  The story revolves around a teenager who wakes up in the middle of a maze with no memory of who he is, surrounded by other teenage boys who also don’t know who they are, where they are, or what the maze is either.  As stakes continue to mount, though, they realize they must find a way out before it’s too late.

The character posters fall a little flat to me, but the conceptual ones out of this batch are really worth a look.  The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson. Hit the jump to check out the The Maze Runner posters.  The film opens in theaters on September 19th.

New MAZE RUNNER Trailer: Dylan O’Brien Seeks Answers as the Threat of Danger Grows

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20th Century Fox has released a new The Maze Runner trailer for director Wes Ball’s adaptation of the James Dashner novel.  The story revolves around a teenager who wakes up in the middle of a maze with no memory of who he is, surrounded by other teenage boys who also don’t know who they are, where they are, or what the maze is either.  As stakes continue to mount, though, they realize they must find a way out before it’s too late.  I’ll admit this film wasn’t really high on my radar, but after getting a further look at footage (including this trailer) at the Comic-Con panel last week, my interest has grown considerably.  There’s a strong central mystery at work, but I also like the Lord of the Flies aspect of the kids trapped inside the maze.  This trailer does a great job of teasing the large scope of the film and its more action-geared sequences, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the full film entails.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia ClarksonThe Maze Runner opens in theaters on September 19th.

TEEN WOLF Comic-Con Panel Recap: Jeff Davis and the Cast Discuss the Influence of Steven Spielberg and the Upcoming Season 5

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Fans of MTV’s cult hit Teen Wolf were no doubt thrilled by showrunner Jeff Davis’ panel-opening announcement that the show has been renewed for a twenty-episode fifth season. Davis and his cast – Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin, Shelley Hennig, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Posey, and Dylan Sprayberry – filled up Ballroom 20 with screaming fans, many of whom camped out overnight for the chance to get teased about upcoming episodes and to ask the actors questions (or, in many cases, to declare their love).

Hit the jump for our full Teen Wolf Comic-Con panel recap.

Dylan O’Brien Talks How His “MTV Hair” Almost Cost Him the Job, the Pressure of the Role, Director Wes Ball, and More on the Set of THE MAZE RUNNER

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Last year, when director Wes Ball was filming his adaptation of the James Dashner YA novel The Maze Runner near New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While some movies are made primarily on soundstages, the production found a rough patch of land filled with poisonous snakes and transformed it into a filming location in order to bring this film to life.  And if you think I’m joking about the snakes, the production had a few snake wranglers on set at all times and their sole mission was to make sure where they were filming was snake free.  For more on that, watch this interview.

During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with Dylan O’Brien.  He talked about how he landed the role, why his MTV hair almost cost him the job, what the film’s about, if he feels pressure being the leading man, what it’s been like working with Ball, his reaction to the production artwork, the stunts, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

25 Images from Director Wes Ball’s THE MAZE RUNNER [Updated]

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Opening on September 19th is director Wes Ball‘s adaptation of James Dashner‘s young adult novel The Maze RunnerThe story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  The Maze Runner also stars Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson.

I visited the set last year when the movie was filming outside New Orleans.  It looked like it could be very cool.  The embargo is lifted on my set visit, so I’ve rounded up all the Maze Runner movie images that have been released so far.  Check them out after the jump along with the trailer. [Update: We've added seven more new high-resolution images from the film after the jump.]

Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Wes Ball, and James Dashner Talk THE MAZE RUNNER, the Dangerous Filming Locations, Rattlesnakes, the Visuals, and More

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Over the weekend, shortly after Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, director Wes Ball, and screenwriter James Dashner took the WonderCon stage to promote The Maze Runner, I landed a great video with them interview backstage.  The film centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  The Maze Runner also stars Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson.  For more on the film, watch the teaser trailer.

During the interview the group talked about the dangerous filming locations, rattlesnakes, how filming on location added to the experience, the visuals of the film, how fans of the book will react to the movie, the glade set and how upset they were when it was torn down, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Trailer THE MAZE RUNNER Starring Dylan O’Brien

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Wes Ball‘s adaptation of The Maze Runner after premiering it during the latest episode of Teen Wolf.  The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  I am very intrigued by the premise and I am impressed by the visuals teased in the trailer.  The giant maze is menacing but worn—futuristic once the future has come and gone.

Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson also star in the adaptation of James Dashner‘s young adult novel.  The Maze Runner opens September 19.  Watch the trailer after the break.

THE MAZE RUNNER Trailer Premieres Tonight on TEEN WOLF; Watch a Teaser Trailer and Check out the Official Poster

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Fans of MTV’s Teen Wolf are quite familiar with star Dylan O’Brien, but the young star is about to get a lot more exposure in Wes Ball’s feature adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel, The Maze Runner.  The first trailer for the film drops tonight at 10pm ET on MTV during an episode of, what else, Teen Wolf.  We have a teaser trailer to give you a taste, as well as the film’s first official poster.  And be sure to read up on what O’Brien himself had to say about both of his projects in this recent interview.

Also starring Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, and Aml Ameen, The Maze Runner hits theaters September 19, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser announcement and check out the official poster.

Dylan O’Brien Talks TEEN WOLF, Finding Comic Relief in Serious Storylines, and Character Insights for Stiles, Plus His Work on THE MAZE RUNNER

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In the remaining episodes of Season 3 of the MTV drama series Teen Wolf, Scott (Tyler Posey) is struggling to find his place as an Alpha, while he, Allison (Crystal Reed) and his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) are experiencing strange side effects after reigniting the power within Beacon Hills.  And in the heightened world these teenagers live in, all of their lives are in danger and everything has extreme consequences.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Dylan O’Brien talked about just how close Stiles will get to losing his mind, the challenge of finding the comic relief as the storylines get more serious, and how much better it is now that Stiles’ dad knows what’s going on.  He also talked about his work in the post-apocalyptic film The Maze Runner, due out in theaters on September 19th, how much he enjoyed working with the cast, how beautiful it looks, and how he can’t wait for audiences to see it.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

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