Maze Runner (film series)

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Maze Runner
Directed by Wes Ball
Produced by
Screenplay by T.S. Nowlin
Based on The Maze Runner series
by James Dashner
Starring
Music by John Paesano
Production
company
(3)
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Country United States
Language English
Budget Total (3 films):
$157 million
Box office Total (3 films):
$949 million

Maze Runner is an American film series consisting of science-fiction dystopian action adventure films based on The Maze Runner novels by the American author James Dashner. Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the films star Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden and Patricia Clarkson. Wes Ball directed all three films.

The first film, The Maze Runner, was released on September 19, 2014 and became a commercial success grossing over $348 million worldwide. The second film, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was released on September 18, 2015, and was also a success, grossing over $312 million worldwide. The film series concluded with the release of the third film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure on January 26, 2018.

Films[edit]

The Maze Runner (2014)[edit]

The film features Thomas who wakes up trapped in a maze with a group of other boys. He has no memory of the outside world other than dreams about an organization known as WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department). Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his purpose and a way to escape.[1]

Development for the film began in January 2011 when Fox purchased the film rights to Dashner's novel The Maze Runner.[2] Principal photography began in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in May 2013 and ended in July.[3][4] It was released on September 19, 2014.[5]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)[edit]

The film features Thomas and his fellow Gladers as they search for clues about the organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's "vastly superior" forces and uncover its plans for them all.[6]

Principal photography commenced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October 2014 and ended in January 2015.[7][8] It was released on September 18, 2015.[9]

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)[edit]

In the finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.[10]

In March 2015, T.S. Nowlin, who co-wrote the first and wrote the second film, was hired to write Maze Runner: The Death Cure based on the novel The Death Cure.[11] In September 2015, Ball was hired to direct the film.[12] Ball said that the film would not be split into two films.[13] Principal photography took place in Cape Town, South Africa between March and June 2017 for a January 26, 2018 release.[14][15][16][17]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Films
The Maze Runner Maze Runner:
The Scorch Trials
Maze Runner:
The Death Cure
Thomas Dylan O'Brien
Teresa Kaya Scodelario
Newt Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Minho Ki Hong Lee
Frypan Dexter Darden
Ava Paige Patricia Clarkson
Winston Alexander Flores
Gally Will Poulter Will Poulter
Alby Aml Ameen
Chuck Blake Cooper
Zart Joe Adler
Jeff Jacob Latimore
Ben Chris Sheffield
Clint Randall D. Cunningham
Brenda Rosa Salazar
Aris Jacob Lofland
Jorge Giancarlo Esposito
Janson Aidan Gillen
Vince Barry Pepper
Harriet Nathalie Emmanuel
Sonya Katherine McNamara
Mary Cooper Lili Taylor
Marcus Alan Tudyk
Lawrence Walton Goggins

Crew[edit]

Occupation Film
The Maze Runner Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Director Wes Ball
Producer(s) Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Lee Stollman
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Lee Stollman
Joe Hartwick Jr.
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Joe Hartwick Jr.
Wes Ball
Lee Stollman
Writer(s) Noah Oppenheim
Grant Pierce Myers
T.S. Nowlin
T.S. Nowlin
Director of photography Enrique Chediak Gyula Pados
Editor(s) Dan Zimmerman Dan Zimmerman
Paul Harb

Music[edit]

Title U.S. release date Composer(s) Label
The Maze Runner — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[18] September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) John Paesano Sony Classical
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[19] September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[20] January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Production budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
The Maze Runner September 19, 2014 (2014-09-19) $102,427,862 $245,891,999 $348,319,861 580 285 $34 million [21]
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials September 18, 2015 (2015-09-18) $81,697,192 $230,627,911 $312,325,103 810 337 $61 million [22]
Maze Runner: The Death Cure January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26) $58,032,443 $230,385,747 $288,418,190 1,377 467 $62 million [23]
Total [24]
$242,157,497 $706,905,657 $949,063,154 $157 million

All Maze Runner films opened at number-one at the North American box-office during their opening weekend.[25][26][27] In North America, the Maze Runner film series is the fifth highest grossing film series based on young adult books, after the film series of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, and The Divergent Series respectively, earning $242 million.[28] Worldwide, it is the fourth highest grossing film series based on young-adult books, after the film series of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games respectively, earning $949 million from a $157 million total production budget.[24]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Maze Runner 65% (160 reviews)[29] 57 (34 reviews)[1] A–[30]
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 46% (137 reviews)[31] 43 (29 reviews)[6] B+[30]
Maze Runner: The Death Cure 43% (144 reviews)[32] 51 (37 reviews)[10] B+[30]

References[edit]

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