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The Maze Runner Trailer Drops Monday (Plus Check Out Thomas In The Glade)

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This fall, The Maze Runner will become the next adaptation of a series of young adult novels to hit the big screen looking to cash in on that lucrative, yet over saturated market. Originally slated to come out this past February, on Valentine’s Day no less, the film has been pushed back to September 19. Though large delays can indicate problems, this move gives director Wes Ball’s film some breathing room on either side between Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which opens next week, and the first chapter of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, which opens in November. All three films are after a similar demographic. Now we have a new photo from The Maze Runner, as well as some news on when to expect the first trailer.

The image, which appeared in MTV’s Instagram feed, shows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), a newcomer to a place called the Glade, as well as some of his fellow residents. There’s not much to glean from this pic, but it looks like things are getting rather intense for the kids, as they do frequently through the course of the book.

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Fox Moves Ahead With Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials

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The Scorch TrialsAs most of you probably are probably well aware at this point, dystopian teen science fiction is a hot ticket in Hollywood these days. Not only is the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy coming down the pipe next month, but Veronica Roth’s Divergent series hits this spring. After those two films, 20th Century Fox is getting into the game with an adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. In fact, the studio is so high on this particular adaptation—all you need to do these days is write a book, preferably a trilogy, and you’ll get a movie deal—that they’ve already decided to move ahead with the sequel, The Scorch Trials.

In The Maze Runner, a boy named Thomas wakes up in place called the Glade with no recollection of who he is, where he came from, or how he got there. Populated by other kids with similar stories, their prison opens up every morning, revealing an unsolvable maze that holds the key to their escape and survival. The Scorch Trials picks up shortly after the main core from the Glade escape, but now face a cross-country journey across the open roads of the burned out, decimated world they find waiting. You know, it’s a real pick-me-up.

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New Maze Runner Photos Introcuce The Labyrinth, Some Heros, And A Villain

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The Maze RunnerEvery studio is looking for the next big young adult series. Franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and most recently, The Hunger Games, practically print their own money. One thing these films have in common is that they’re all based on hugely popular books. Young adult fiction is the hottest thing going in publishing right now—if there’s a way publishers can market your book as YA, they’re going to—and the movie rights for books that aren’t even out are routinely snatched up by Hollywood studios. Now we have a look at the first photos of The Maze Runner, which 20th Century Fox hopes will be the next YA property to blow up huge.

The problem is that, even with the built in audience of voracious young readers, success isn’t a sure thing. Movies like Beautiful Creatures and I Am Number Four tanked, and even though we’re getting a sequel next month, the first Percy Jackson movie underperformed at the box office. Such setbacks aren’t going to dissuade anyone from this practice—studio execs are a hard-headed lot—so you can count on seeing a steady diet of YA adaptions on movie screens.

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The Maze Runner Serves Up Epic New Concept Art

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The Maze Runner Concept ArtEvery major movie studio wants to find the next Hunger Games, the next Twilight, the next Harry Potter. Practically every series of young adult novels on the market—and some that haven’t even hit yet—are being snatched up and greenlit in the hopes of finding the next big thing. Twentieth Century Fox is banking that an adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner books will be the franchise of their dreams, and now they have unleashed a creepy new piece of concept art from the production.

Based on Dashner’s best selling trilogy, the story centers on Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf), a teen who wakes up in a place called the Glade, with no memory of the world outside or his previous life. All any of the other young boys who live there, enclosed in high walls, know is that every 30 days, a new arrival shows up, and that every morning, the walls that surround them open up, revealing an expansive maze. The story is a little bit Lord of the Flies, a little bit Swiss Family Robinson, and a little bit Hunger Games.

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Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien Lands The Lead In The Maze Runner

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The Maze RunnerEvery studio wants to produce the next Hunger Games, and if 20th Century Fox has anything to do with it, their upcoming The Maze Runner will replicate that success. The adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel has found its male lead in the form of Dylan O’Brien.

The 21-year-old actor is best known for playing wise-ass sidekick Stiles on MTV’s reboot of Teen Wolf, but will also appear in The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. He’ll play opposite Kaya Scodelario (Moon), and joins the cast that also includes Will Poulter, Amil Ameen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

O’Brien is set to play Thomas, the main character in this futuristic, dystopian tale. He has his memory wiped out, and when he wakes up he finds himself in a large enclosed maze called the Glade. All any of the young boys within know is that the doors to the sprawling maze open up every morning, close every evening, and every 30 days a new addition to their community arrives.

When Theresa (Scodelario)—the first girl ever to enter the Glade—shows up with a surprise message, things get interesting. It turns out that she could hold the key to unlocking Thomas’ hidden memories, and it also may be his destiny to lead these “maze runners” to their ultimate freedom.

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The Maze Runner Casts Kaya Scodelario As Its Female Lead

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Kaya Scodelario

James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is one in an ever increasing line of sci-fi themed young adult novels that are being adapted into big-time Hollywood movies. In hopes of replicating the massive success of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, it seems like if there is mention of YA and science fiction anywhere near your book, you land a huge development deal.

Directed by Wes Ball, the film version of The Maze Runner has finally found its female lead in the form of Kaya Scodelario. British-born, the 21-year-old actress made her screen debut in Duncan Jones’ Moon, which she followed up with a turn in Clash of the Titans, but she’s still best known for her role on Skins.

Ball himself tweeted the news: