Teen-centric dystopian sci-fi is big business. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest grossing film of 2013, and Divergent got in on the act earlier this year. The next entry into this arena, coming up in September, is Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner’s novel of the same name. Similar in tone and theme to the others, it hopes to bring enough unique elements to the table to attract both fans of the other films as well as a new audience. The film screened at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, revealing a new poster, and now there is a fresh trailer to go along with all of that.
This video breaks down the plot and lays out the story, and actually borders on revealing too much. I get the impulse to do whatever you can to get people interested in your movie, but you need to save something. Dashner’s book is one of those that you read, and though it’s not particularly good as a novel—the writing is not excellent—you can see it making a really fun movie, and that’s exactly what The Maze Runner looks like. There’s action and peril and mystery and monsters lurking in the shadows, what more do you need?