Wes Ball to Direct Adaptation of THE MAZE RUNNER for Fox

     August 23, 2012

fox-the-maze-runner-slice

20th Century Fox has tapped newcomer Wes Ball to direct an adaptation of James Dashner’s dystopian novel (aren’t they all?) The Maze RunnerTwilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke was previously attached to helm the pic, but Deadline now reports that Ball is onboard.  The young adult book centers on a group of teenagers who wake up to find themselves trapped in an ever-changing maze.  Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim was tapped to pen the adaptation last January, but it’s unknown if Ball’s take will necessitate a rewrite.

Fox is apparently a big fan of Ball.  His animated short Ruin made waves earlier this year, and the studio hired him to develop a live-action feature film iteration of the story for him to direct.  He’s working on that script with T.S. Nowlin under the supervision of producers McG and Lucasfilm’s Steve Tzirlin.  Ball runs the animation/effects company Oddball Animation, but The Maze Runner will be live-action.  Hit the jump to watch his impressive short and to read the full synopsis for The Maze Runner.

Here’s Wes Ball’s short film Ruin:

Here’s the synopsis for The Maze Runner [via Amazon]:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

the_maze_runner_book_cover_01

Around The Web

Latest News

New BLACK MASS Trailer: Johnny Depp Goes Gangster

Depp plays Whitey Bulger in the crime drama opposite Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more.

DEADPOOL: Ryan Reynolds Makes a Fan’s Dream Come True for Make-A-Wish

Nothing better than seeing a superhero use his powers for good.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Won’t Return as Michelle Tanner in FULLER HOUSE

How rude!

STUDIO TIME WITH JUNKIE XL Trailer: Learn Film Composing from an Industry Pro

The composer of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' wants to teach you how to do his job.

FANTASTIC FOUR: Michael B. Jordon Addresses Backlash Over Human Torch Casting

The Human Torch himself has a message for internet trolls, and it's kind of great.

POLTERGEIST Review

Surprise! It's actually a lot of fun.

Director Gil Kenan Talks POLTERGEIST, Deleted Scenes, and Blu-ray Extended Cut

Plus what did Woody Allen teach him about editing, what he learned from the test screenings, and how he shot an alternate ending that didn’t work.

SICARIO: Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro Recruit Emily Blunt in First Clip

Denis Villeneuve's latest collaboration with Roger Deakins looks surprisingly austere.

Lionsgate’s THE ODYSSEY Adaptation Will Be At Least Two Movies

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Mockingjay' director Francis Lawrence is at the helm.

Amy Schumer to Co-Write, Star in Mother-Daughter Comedy for Fox

Paul Feig will produce the new feature, which is described as an action-comedy in the vein of 'The Heat'.

Page 1 of 3,96112345...102030...Last »