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Whether you’re a big fan of James Dashner’s book, dig Wes Ball’s film or perhaps haven’t even gotten that far and are just thinking that The Maze Runner might be a good movie for you, the digital HD copy of the film is a worthy purchase.  Maze Runner isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s got one key quality that makes it far superior to many movies at this stage of the release process – it’s very re-watchable.  The clever core concept is a nice draw, but it’s the wildly likable characters at the center of it that make it matter and also make you want more.  Read my full The Maze Runner digital HD review after the jump.

Director Wes Ball Talks THE MAZE RUNNER, How He Landed The Job, the VFX, RUIN, and More; Describes Film as LORD OF THE FLIES Meets LOST

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One of the movies under most people’s radar is director Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner.  Based on the James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, 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.  With the film hitting theaters February 14, 2014, you can expect a trailer in the coming months, and a lot more info on the film.  Until then…you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s a film that could be very cool.

Last weekend at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Ball.  He talked about how he landed the job, adapting the book and making changes, shooting on location, the poisonous snakes (with pictures!), planting seeds for potential sequels, the VFX, the status of the feature version of Ruin (based on his short film he sold to Fox), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Wes Ball to Adapt His Post-Apocalyptic Animated Short RUIN for Live-Action Feature; Fox Sees Franchise Potential

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Fox liked what they saw in Wes Ball’s animated short, Ruin—enough to pre-emptively buy the movie rights before Ball could meet with other studios.  According to Heat Vision, the studio even sees “franchise potential” with Ruin.  The plan is for Ball to direct a live-action adaptation based on a script he will co-write with T.S. Nowlin, working under the supervision of producers McG and Lucasfilm’s Steve Tzirlin.  This will be Ball’s feature directorial debut after a career in graphic work on Blu-ray and DVD featurettes, including Star Trek.

Ball and Nowlin have plenty of freedom to develop a story, since the short is dialogue-free and the plot revolves entirely  around a big chase scene.  Said chase scene is thrilling, and the design of the ruined world is inviting, so the short is worth a watch after the jump.

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