Adaptations of young adult novels are obviously big business, and since San Diego Comic-Con last month, 20th Century Fox has been building steam behind their upcoming dystopian sci-fi joint The Maze Runner, based on James Dashner’s best-selling book of the same name. Now that we’re just over a month away from the release (which was pushed back from February of this year), they’ve started to step things up, and we now have three new TV spots and a new clip.
This first video gives you all of the pertinent information. There’s a place called the Glade, it’s enclosed by high concrete walls that open every morning to reveal an ever changing maze, and no one knows who they are, why they’re here, or anything about the outside world. When a new boy named Thomas (Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien) shows ups, it signals great changes in both their situation and their approach to finding a way out.
While the boys have been looking at this place as a prison, Thomas sees that it’s a test, one that, should they pass, they’ll likely find a way out in the process. The footage here is high on action, shows you exactly what they’re up against, and even teases the sinister Grievers, monstrous (possibly mechanical) creatures that roam the maze at night. Because being trapped in a maze in the dark isn’t scary enough on it’s own.
TV spot number two sets the stage in a similar manner, and hits many of the same notes, but this time around much more emphasis is placed on the mysterious nature of their predicament. You see a lot more that will make you go, “hmm, what the hell was that?”
Number three is comparable to its predecessors in the way it summarizes the basic story elements, while dropping a few unique pieces of information to differentiate it from its fellows. This one also happens to mention that The Maze Runner is based on a book, which brings us to this clip…
…which author James Dashner himself introduces. Barnes & Noble released this via their Facebook page, and it really highlights the Lord of the Flies nature of the story and the character’s predicament. After all, leave a bunch of adolescent boys to their own devices and you can rest assured there are going to be some power struggles, ego clashes, shoving matches, and hurt feelings.
The Maze Runner opens everywhere on September 19.