The Maze Runner (film)

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The Maze Runner
Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wes Ball
Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Lee Stollman
Written by Noah Oppenheim
Grant Pierce Myers
T.S. Nowlin
Based on The Maze Runner 
by James Dashner
Starring Dylan O'Brien
Kaya Scodelario
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Will Poulter
Patricia Clarkson
Music by John Paesano
Cinematography Enrique Chediak
Edited by Dan Zimmerman
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $8.3 million[2]

The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball from a script by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin based on James Dashner's 2009 book of the same name. The film stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Will Poulter. It is set to be released on September 19, 2014, in the United States by 20th Century Fox.[3]

Plot[edit]

Teenager Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up to find himself without any memory of his past in a place called The Glade, the center of a giant maze inside of which live vicious creatures called Grievers. The Glade is inhabited by other teenage boys, all of whom have no memory of their previous life, and who, as a group are working to engineer an escape. Periodically the doors to the maze open allowing the boys to go into it. However, they also close without warning and no boy who has ventured inside has ever survived a night in the maze. But everything begins to change when the latest arrival turns out to be a girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), whose thoughts Thomas can read. Together, they form a special bond and, along with the other boys, they launch a desperate bid for freedom.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[13] Filming started May 13, 2013 and officially ended July 12, 2013.[14]

Post-production[edit]

Creature designer Ken Barthelmey has created concept designs for the film.[15] The film was completed in June 2014.

Marketing[edit]

Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O'Brien at a panel for the film at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014

The film released eleven character cards for the film in July 2013. Starting in January 2014, Director Wes Ball released one image from the film once a week, leading up to the film's first trailer release on March 17, 2014.[16]

A viral marketing campaign launched by 20th Century Fox began on April 16, 2014. The campaign is a website featuring the main characters while focusing on W.C.K.D, an organisation in Dashner's novel series of the same name. The website has the domain wckdisgood.com[17]

On June 26, 2014, Dylan O'Brien tweeted that the original The Maze Runner book will be re-released with a new book cover based on the film's poster.[18]

On July 29, 2014, the second trailer for the film was released exclusively on Yahoo! Movies.

Release[edit]

The film was originally set to be released on February 14, 2014.[19] On October 5, 2013, the film was pushed back from February 2014, until September 19, 2014.[20] IMAX theaters will release the film on September 19.[21]

The film debuted at five markets a week earlier, scoring $2.6 million in Mexico, $2.2 million from Taiwan, $1.9 million from Malaysia, $1.4 million out of Singapore and $248,000 in Central America.[22]

Reception[edit]

As of September 12, 2014, on Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a rating of 64% (fresh), based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. However, a general consensus has not been made.[23]

Sequel[edit]

On September 11, 2013, it was reported that Fox had acquired the rights to the second book, The Scorch Trials. A screenplay will be written by T. S. Nowlin, with director Wes Ball supervising the scriptwriting.[24] On July 25, 2014, Ball announced at San Diego Comic-Con International that they want to start shooting in Fall 2014 should the film become a success when it hits the theatres.[25] However, two weeks prior to the film's release 20th Century Fox decided to move ahead with the sequel and pre-production began in early September 2014 in New Mexico. [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruben V. Nepales (August 31, 2014). "Fil-Am manages director of potential hit franchise". http://entertainment.inquirer.net/. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3907&p=.htm
  3. ^ "‘Teen Wolf’ star Dylan O’Brien to star in ‘The Maze Runner’ movie". hypable.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "'Teen Wolf' Actor Nabs 'Maze Runner' Lead". Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Movie Casting Round-Up: Thomas Brodie-Sangster Joins ‘Maze Runner’; Scott Glenn Added To ‘Trigger’". deadline.com. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kaya Scodelario Joins The Maze Runner". empireonline.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tweets Lead Blake Cooper to 'Maze Runner' Role". deadline.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Kidulthood' Actor Joins Fox's 'Maze Runner'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jacob Latimore Lands New Movie Role in 'Maze Runner'". singersroom.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ball, Wes (May 12, 2013). "Maze runners. Say hi to @ChrisShef. Ben. Poor, poor Ben.". Twitter. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4776586/?ref_=tt_cl_t14
  12. ^ Teresa (June 18, 2013). "Patricia Clarkson Joins ‘The Maze Runner’ Cast". TheMazeRunner.net. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Maze Runner Movie Set". jamesdashner.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Maze Runner Movie Release Date, News, and Updates: 2 New Clips Released in Anticipation of The Premiere". hallels.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://theartofken.com/viewblog.php?blogID=the-maze-runner-news-80
  16. ^ Zalben, Alex (17 March 2014). "'The Maze Runner': Watch The Full Trailer Now". mtv.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.wckdisgood.com/#!/thomas
  18. ^ "Congratulations @jamesdashner on the new book cover! Thank you for creating this story brother". @dylanobrien. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Jacob Latimore Lands New Movie Role in 'Maze Runner'". singersroom.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=109817
  21. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 26, 2014). "Imax to Release Fox's 'The Maze Runner'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ Lang, Brent (September 15, 2014). "‘Maze Runner’ Off to Fast Start at Foreign Box Office". Variety.com. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Maze Runner". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  24. ^ Chitwood, Adam (October 11, 2013). "Fox Hires Writer to Start Work on MAZE RUNNER Sequel THE SCORCH TRIALS". Collider. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  25. ^ Sciretta, Peter (July 25, 2014). "The Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials Concept Art Revealed [Comic Con 2014]". slashfilm.com. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  26. ^ Jarett Wieselman (September 4, 2014). "A "Maze Runner" Sequel Is Already In Pre-Production". Retrieved September 6, 2014. 

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