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.

THE MAZE RUNNER Comic-Con Panel Recap: Dylan O’Brien and More Reveal the Grievers; Wes Ball Says He’s Aiming to Shoot Sequel This Fall or Winter

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The “YA adaptation” genre has been rather female-dominated when it comes to feature films, but a unique entry is aiming to take hold this fall with Fox’s The Maze Runner.  Based on the James Dashner novel of the same name, 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.  Fox touted the film this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, with Dashner, director Wes Ball, and stars Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, and Kaya Scodelario in attendance.

In addition to discussing their approach to the adaptation, entering into a marketplace that has recently been dominated by female-led stories, and changes from the book, Ball revealed that they’re hoping to start shooting the sequel The Scorch Trials later this year if the first film performs well.  Hit the jump to read my full The Maze Runner Comic-Con panel recap.

Producer Wyck Godfrey Talks THE MAZE RUNNER, Adapting the Novels, Casting the Characters, Building a Practical Set, Grievers, Production Challenges & More

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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.

During a break in filming I was able to participate in a group interview with producer Wyck Godfrey.  He talked about adapting the novel, putting together the cast, building practical sets, the Grievers, production challenges, the cast boot camp, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Kaya Scodelario Talks Bonding with the Cast, Fan Reaction to the Film, the End of SKINS, and More on the Set of THE MAZE RUNNER

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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.

During a break in filming I was able to participate in a group interview with Kaya Scodelario.  She talked about being the only girl on set, being in her first big movie, her character’s relationship with the rest of the group, how she landed the role, what the cast had been doing off set, using an American accent, the end of Skins, working with director Wes Ball, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Director Wes Ball Talks How He Landed the Job, Finding His Cast, Mixing LORD OF THE FLIES with LOST, and More on the Set of THE MAZE RUNNER

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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.

During a break in filming I was able to participate in a group interview with director Wes Ball.  He talked about the pressure of making his first film, how he landed the job (which is a great story), how Jurassic Park got him into wanting to make movies, what kind of audience he’s aiming for on Maze Runner, how Blake Cooper used Twitter to land a role, the rest of the cast, doing 36 setups on the first day, and a lot more.  If you’re curious how The Maze Runner came together as a movie, you’ll definitely enjoy this interview.

45 Things to Know about THE MAZE RUNNER from our Set Visit

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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.

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.

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

Kaya Scodelario Talks THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL, Working with Jessica Biel, Filming Underwater, THE MAZE RUNNER, and More

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From writer/director Francesca Gregorini, the indie drama The Truth About Emanuel tells the story of the troubled Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, Linda (Jessica Biel).  In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a world that blurs the line of fantasy and reality, and shows just how dangerous secrets can be.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kaya Scodelario talked about what attracted her to this project, how she got the role in spite of a very bad audition, why she identified with the character so easily, how she spent a lot of time working on the American accent, how great it was to collaborate with Francesca Gregorini, what it was like to shoot the underwater sequence, and working with co-star Jessica Biel.  She also talked about what made her want to be a part of The Maze Runner, adapted from the Young Adult novel of the same name, being the only girl working with a group of guys, and how much work she put into the physical side of the role, along with what being a part of the hit British TV series Skins has meant to her.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Fox Hires Writer to Start Work on MAZE RUNNER Sequel THE SCORCH TRIALS

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Though 20th Century Fox just pushed its adaptation of the James Dashner YA novel The Maze Runner from this coming February to September 19, 2014, the studio is apparently pretty happy with the results of the Wes Ball-directed film.  Deadline reports that Fox has now acquired the rights to the second novel in the four-book series, The Scorch Trials, and has hired T.S. Nowlin to get to work on the screenplay.  The sequel has yet to be greenlit, but it’s now become commonplace for studios to begin scriptwork on the follow-up to a potential franchise-starter before it hits theaters.  It panned out with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but in the case of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, the box office disaster of the first film led Constantin Films to rethink its strategy.

Ball will be supervising Nowlin’s adaptation of The Scorch Trials, which signals that Fox is keen on him returning to direct the follow-up.  The first film stars Dylan O’Brien in the lead role and concerns a group of teens who wake up to find themselves trapped in a massive maze with seemingly no way out.

FAULT IN OUR STARS Set for June 6, 2014; THE MAZE RUNNER Pushed to September 19, 2014; SMURFS 3 and THE BOOK THIEF Moved

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A couple of release date shifts have been announced.  Briefly:

  • The highly anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault in Our Stars will be released in theaters on June 6, 2014.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe.
  • The sci-fi thriller YA adaptation The Maze Runner has been pushed from this coming Valentine’s Day to September 19, 2014.  The film stars Dylan O’Brien.
  • Sony has moved The Smurfs 3 from July 2015 to August 14, 2015.
  • Fox has moved the upcoming adaptation The Book Thief up from November 15th to November 8th.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and what their competition looks like on their new release dates.

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