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:
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: 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.