With young adult novels being made left and right and it really hard to find one that matches that little franchise The Hunger Games, last years The Maze Runner, in my mind, was actually a very cool and well done YA book to movie adaptation. Now does it match The Hunger Games? No, but it created something much better than many, many other YA movies.
Better than expected, The Maze Runner did very well at both the box office and with critics, which had 20th Century Fox fast-track the sequel for Fall of this year. With it only six months away, there’s a good chance the trailer will premiere either with or some time around the opening of The Divergent Series: Insurgent next week.
Until then, the first official images have been released for the sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails, which feature Dylan O’Brien who plays Thomas, Kaya Scodelario who plays Teresa, the group of Gladers they escaped with, and a few new characters.
The last time we saw this group, they were escaping The Glade to discover how much more dangerous the outside world was to their Maze home. While those who have the read the book do know what to expect, those who haven’t don’t. I have personally heard that the outside world has a somewhat Mad Max post-apocalyptic feel and look to it, which could make for something very cool.
Along with he images released, director Wes Ball talked about the outside world with Entertainment Weekly:
“[The massive solar flare that devastated the planet] has transformed the world into a desert with sand dunes that crawl and are swallowing the ruins of a lost world.”
He also mentioned that the world is filled with infected humans known as Cranks who were hardened by having to survive under these extreme conditions. Ball said, “We don’t want to call them zombies, but they fit into that category. They’re not undead, but they are rage-filled.” It sounds like the dangers have been ramped up from those inside the maze, not just with the extreme conditions, but with ‘others’ the Gladers will come face to face with.
I for one very much enjoyed The Maze Runner, I thought it was really exciting and fun. While it’s another YA post-apocalyptic world, I think this world specifically is rich and has a great deal to tell. And I am a huge fan of lead Dylan O’Brien and some of the other young cast members. O’Brien specifically, I think he has a bright, bright future ahead of him (my vote for Spider-Man). As for the images, the sequel looks pretty promising so far. Hopefully The Scorch Trials is able to continue what the original did to where we are able to get a satisfying finale in The Death Cure.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has a September 18th, 2015. Directed by Wes Ball starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, and Patricia Clarkson.