It’s late at night. In front of me are a huge group of kids. They’re in a circle, surrounding two of their own, with a burning fire in the center. As I look closer, I can see two people fighting near the flames. After watching them struggle, all of a sudden I hear one of them scream out, “My name is Thomas!” As soon as he does, the entire group embraces him, like they’ve been waiting all along for him to remember his name. As soon as the group shares in the happy moment, we hear a horrible sound coming from behind a massive gate in the distance. I then hear one of the kids say to Thomas, “It’s the Grievers. We’ll protect you.” As Thomas looks into the distance to try and make sense of the situation, I hear director Wes Ball call cut.
Last summer, when The Maze Runner was filming outside New Orleans, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. If you’re not familiar with James Dashner’s YA novel, it 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 Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson. Hit the jump for more.