THE MAZE RUNNER Concept Art and Director Wes Ball’s Animated Short Film, RUIN

     May 9, 2013


Director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s novel The Maze Runner isn’t due out until February 14th of next year, but we have the first look at some concept art from the film today.  Created by Ball, who made his career in visual effects, this image was used to inspire him in his vision for the film.  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 Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) holds the secret to their escape.  Hit the jump to check out the movie’s concept art along with a visually-similar animated short film from Ball.

Here’s the full look at the concept art image for The Maze Runner (via EW):


And here’s the animated short film Ruin, which is now set up at 20th Century Fox for a feature-length treatment by Ball:

the_maze_runner_book_cover_01Here’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.

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