The Best Sci-Fi Dystopia Horror Blockbuster Series Already Getting Reboot

By Nikola Pajtic | Published

Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019 and is now putting a spin on a popular box-office hit franchise. The studio’s 20th Century Studios division is developing a reboot of the sci-fi dystopian horror series The Maze Runner, based on the books by James Dashner. This new take on the story won’t simply retell the existing story but will instead explore a fresh direction within the established universe.

The Maze Runner Is Coming Back

According to reports, the Disney-owned studio will bring Jack Paglen, known as the writer behind Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, and Alien: Covenant, to write the new dystopian screenplay. He might be the new face, but The Maze Runner reboot will see Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of Gotham Group and Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill returning to their roles as producers. Moreover, Wes Ball, who helmed the original trilogy, is another name on the list of producers. 

Wildly Successful YA Franchise

The original Maze Runner trilogy concluded in 2018,  just a year before Disney’s 20th Century Fox acquisition went through and grossed a total of $949 million. While the trilogy is young, the money factor behind the upcoming reboot can’t be denied. 

However, instead of a straightforward reboot, Disney wants to tell a new story within the existing Maze Runner universe. This is different from retelling the original story, and it also is not a sequel as it won’t directly follow the events of the previous films. The film will introduce new characters, continuing the story of the dystopian world ruled by evil governments.

New Books To Adapt

For now, there is no news on the plot or actors that might appear in the film, but Disney is working hard on making The Maze Runner reboot happen. However, since the original trilogy concluded, three new books in the series came out, including The Maze Cutter, set 73 years following the events of The Death Cure

10 Years Since The First Film

For those unfamiliar with The Maze Runner, it is a dystopian sci-fi film franchise based on the young adult books by James Dashner. The first film came out in 2014 and starred Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, a teenager with amnesia who awakens in a giant grassy clearing called the Glade. Surrounded by a maze, Thomas joins a group of boys trying to survive and solve the maze’s mysteries. They soon reveal the existence of a powerful organization known as WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department), trying to escape from the maze.

Disney Going Beyond Marvel Movies

The next two films, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Maze Runner: The Death Cure, were direct sequels to the original film. The trilogy also starred Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and others. The first film earned ten-fold at the box office, with the other two installments performing similarly well. 

In addition to this dystopian film receiving a reboot treatment, Disney has other cards in its sleeve, originally from 20th Century Fox, including the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Wes Ball, which will hit the theaters on May 10, while the highly-anticipated Deadpool & Wolverine, will release later this summer.