20th Century Fox has its sights on a movie adaptation of James Dashner’s 2010 dystopian novel, The Maze Runner, and they’ve hired a director who made a name for himself with an SF-themed short film. Director Wes Ball, whose short Ruin wowed the internet – and Fox – earlier this year, has landed the job of helming the Maze Runner film.
For those who (like me) are unfamiliar with Dashner’s novel, it follows a boy named Thomas who awakens with no memories inside an enormous maze. He soon learns that the labyrinth is a test of some sort, and that there are other children – called “maze runners” — inside as well. As reported by Deadline, the book was initially adapted into a screenplay by writer Noah Oppenheim (an up-and-coming writer who has also worked on remakes of 1984 and WarGames). The book is part of a trilogy that continues in The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.
As for Ball, that short film has clearly impressed some power players in Hollywood. It was announced back in June that Fox had picked up the rights to Ruin and that Ball would be making his feature directing debut on the movie version, which is being produced by McG (Terminator Salvation). He hasn’t even finished that project and now he’s already lined up the next. Not bad. Here’s hoping he’s got the talent to back up the buzz.
Here’s Ruin, the short film that jump-started Ball’s career.