20th Century Fox unveiled new footage and cast at Comic-Con on Friday for The Maze Runner, which bows September 19. It’s based on James Dashner’s bestselling YA novel about youngsters marooned on a maze-ridden island. Wes Ball directed and Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster and Aml Ameen star. Noah Oppenheim, Grant Myers and T.S. Nowlin adapted the book. The pic had been set for a February 2014 release but it was pushed back. That shouldn’t be an indication of unhappiness though — Fox already exercised the option to buy The Scorch Trials, the second book in Dashner’s four-book series. So is this looking franchise-worthy?
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While fans were allowed to ask questions to the string of talent from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Maze Runner and DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2 at 20th Century Fox’s WonderCon panel, the one creative talent not fielding questions from the crowd was X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg. While a “no questions” policy wasn’t blatantly announced, Fox gracefully saved its X-Men presentation for the final portion of its nearly two-hour panel. And it was brief next to the half-hour-plus devoted to Planet Of The Apes. Kinberg stepped in at the last minute after the studio pulled Bryan Singer in the wake of the director being slammed with a sexual abuse civil lawsuit. Kinberg promised the crowd that he had footage that was never seen before, but that wasn’t the case: He showed the same clip that was on the MTV Movie Awards last weekend with the young X-Men including Kitty Pryde, Colossus and Iceman fighting a rather large latex figure who absorbs their powers. When Singer’s name appeared onscreen in the trailer that was shown at WonderCon today, the crowd was unfazed.
20th Century Fox has released a trailer for lit adaptation The Maze Runner, which stars Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, a boy who wakes up in a maze with a group of kids and no memories of the outside world. Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Aml Ameen co-star in the pic directed by Wes Ball and produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Lee Stollman. The Maze Runner is scripted by Noah Oppenheim from the YA sci-fi mystery drama novel by James Dashner. After being pushed back from its initial February 14 release date, the pic will hit theaters September 19:
EXCLUSIVE: Though it doesn’t release the sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner until September 19, 20th Century Fox has exercised the option to buy The Scorch Trials, the second book in the four-novel series written by James Dashner. The studio has set T.S. Nowlin to adapt. The Maze Runner, which was adapted by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Myers and Nowlin, marks the directorial debut of student Academy Award winner Wes Ball and has an ensemble led by Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen.
Ball will supervise Nowlin’s adaptation of The Scorch Trials. In The Maze Runner, a group of youngsters find themselves in The Glades, and have to find their way through a seemingly impenetrable maze. In The Scorch Trials, the main kids have escaped, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet. Nowlin most recently wrote on Fantastic Four, and he and the director went to Florida State University’s film school together and are also planning a feature adaptation of Ball’s short film Ruin for Fox. Nowlin’s credits include Agent 13, set at Universal with Charlize Theron and Rupert Wyatt attached, and Our Name Is Adam, which Mary Parent will produce and Tom Cruise will star in for Paramount. The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing The Scorch Trials along with Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, and Joe Hartwick Jr. Emma Watts and Jason Young are overseeing.
The Maze Runner had been set for a February 14, 2014 release but is now being delayed to September 19. ”Good news and bad news y’all. Bad news, you have to wait a bit longer. Good news, the movie and marketing can be the best it can be now”, director Wes Ball tweeted today. “These things aren’t my choice, but I 100% agree with fox’s decision. Just imagine the cool stuff we can do with a little extra time”, he added. Blake Cooper, Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster star in the pic based on James Dashner’s novel trilogy about a group of teens who wake up in a maze with no memory of how they got there. The new date pits Maze Runner against Warner Bros’ Dolphin Tale 2 and TriStar’s sports drama When The Game Stands Tall.
Maybe it’s appropriate that director Wes Ball just tweeted that Blake Cooper got the pivotal role of Chuck in The Maze Runner. Cooper got Ball’s attention with a flurry of tweets to the director, basically saying “I’m your Chuck!” Ball finally connected the young actor with Fox’s casting director Denise Chamian, who allowed Cooper to send in a self-taped audition for the role. It got him the job. 20th Century Fox‘s Hunger Games-esque Maze Runner will star Cooper, Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, with filming to begin in May in Baton Rouge for a February 14, 2014 release. Pic is based on James Dashner’s novel trilogy about a group of teens who wake up in a maze with no memory of how they got there. Script is by Noah Oppenheim, rewritten by Grant Myers and T.S. Nowlin.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan O’Brien (MTV‘s Teen Wolf) has landed the role of Thomas in 20th Century Fox‘s Hunger Games-esque The Maze Runner. Character is one of a group of teens who wake up in a maze with no memory of how they got there. He then searches for answers and a way out. Wes Ball is directing the sci-fi pic adapted from James Dashner’s novel trilogy, with a script by Noah Oppenheim, redrafted by Grant Myers and then T.S. Nowlin. Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are also set for the pic which films in May in Baton Rouge ahead of a February 14, 2014 release date. O’Brien starred in last year’s Sundance pic The First Time and will next be seen in Fox’s June 7 comedy The Internship opposite Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. He is repped by WME Entertainment, Principal LA and Attorney Jamie Feldman.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Poulter has been offered one of the leads in Maze Runner, the Wes Ball-directed adaptation of the James Dashner novel. Poulter, whose breakout came in Son of Rambow, most recently starred in The Chronicles of Narnia and will next be seen in We’re the Millers opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.
Maze Runner is a post-apocalyptic tale that’s produced by The Gotham Group. The main protagonist, Thomas, has his memory wiped and is deposited in a community of boys trapped in an enormous maze. He soon learns they are part of a mysterious test, and finds it is his destiny to join the ‘maze runners’ and lead them to freedom. Peter Kang and Daria Cercek are overseeing at the studio. Noah Oppenheim wrote the first draft of the script and Grant Myers wrote the next draft.
Poulter is repped by WME and Hamilton Hodell.