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The Maze Runner Finds Two More Clips And A Feature With Author James Dashner

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With less than a month to go until it hits theaters, 20th Century Fox has apparently kicked off the marketing push for The Maze Runner in earnest. The other day we showed you three TV spots and a clip, and today they’re back with a new pair of new clips and a featurette with James Dashner, who wrote the book the film is based on.

The story revolves around a place called the Glade. Full of teenage boys who have no idea who they are, how they got there, or why, giant walls pen them in, opening up every morning to reveal an elaborate maze. All they know is that if they want to figure a way out of this predicament, they have to solve the puzzle, and each day a group of runners set off into the corridors, searching for an exit. But they damn sure better be back before night, when the doors close again, because that’s when vicious monsters known as Grievers come out to play, and they play rough.

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The Maze Runner Reveals Three Puzzling TV Spots And A Pushy New Clip

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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.

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The Maze Runner: How Wes Ball Built The Perfect Maze On A Budget

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The Maze RunnerIf you’re making a movie called The Maze Runner you damn sure better have an impressive maze, unless, you know, the maze is a metaphor for some sticky situation, like a tricky interpersonal relationship or an international espionage kind of situation. But thankfully in Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner an adaptation of James Dashner’s best selling young adult novel, we’re talking about a very real maze, and the production went to great lengths to create the perfect one.

The Maze Runner puts a Lord of the Flies twist on the popular dystopian teen YA genre. There’s a mysterious place called the Glade, populated by teenage boys who don’t know who they are, where they came from, or how they got here. Giant walls pen them in and open up every morning to reveal a sprawling, ever-changing maze, which holds they key to their escape. Every night the walls close up again, and you don’t want to be caught out there because it’s in the darkness that the monstrous Grievers come out to play. And they don’t play nice. When a new arrival, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf), shows up on the scene, things start to get all kinds of hectic.

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The Maze Runner Featurette Introduces You To The Gladers

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This weekend, Philip Noyce’s The Giver looks to get in on the lucrative teen dystopia market, but that’s not the only one we’re going to get over the next little bit. The Maze Runner is going to try to get in on the act next month. 20th Century Fox has stepped up the promotion for the movie since San Diego Comic-Con last month, and now they’re back to introduce the core of the cast with this new featurette.

While The Giver is a more subdued approach to the genre, director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s best selling novel falls more in line with contemporaries like The Hunger Games and Divergent, with an emphasis on the action and melodrama.

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The Maze Runner Clips Shows You Around The Glade

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Divergent has faded into our collective rearview, and the next installment of The Hunger Games doesn’t drop until November, so what’s a fan of dystopian teen-centric science fiction to do? Don’t worry, 20th Century Fox’s The Maze Runner will be here September 19 to give your fix. All the pieces are in place: it’s based on a best selling novel, the heroes are all young folks in mortal peril, and there’s an all-controlling force that looms over everything. An evil government doesn’t figure quite as prominently into the mix as in other similar YA titles, but it’s there if you look. After showing the film and releasing a collection of posters and new trailer on the heels of San Diego Comic-Con, there’s this new clip give you another glimpse into this world.

Directed by Wes Ball and adapted from James Dashner’s novel, The Maze Runner revolves around Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf), a young man who wakes up in a place called the Glade, penned in by high walls, with no idea of who he is or where he came from. Occupied exclusively by adolescent boys in a similar situation, the walls of the Glade open up every morning to reveal an extensive, ever-changing maze, and close up every night. Thomas’ arrival signals all kinds of craziness, as shortly after a young woman named Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) shows up. Not only is she the first female ever in the Glade, but she remembers Thomas from the outside.

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Maze Runner Posters Feature Mazes, Running, And Mystery

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The Maze RunnerFollowing up a successful screening at San Diego Comic-Con, 20th Century Fox has begun the promotional push for The Maze Runner in earnest. This morning saw the release of a sparkly new trailer, and hot on the heels of that, there are nine new posters, most of which were created outside of the marketing department, for you to gawk at. You can probably expect to see a lot of this between now and when the film opens on September 19.

Based on James Dashner’s best-selling young adult novel, The Maze Runner is Fox’s attempt to get in on the lucrative teen dystopia market, and they don’t get much more teen that this. In fact, there are only teens in the vast majority of this story. A young man named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien from MTV’s Teen Wolf) wakes up in a dark elevator that takes him to The Glade, a mysterious open space that is in the middle of a giant, ever changing maze. Every day doors open allowing the other teenage boys, none of whom know who they are or where they came from, out into the maze in hopes of finding a way out. When Teresa (Kaya Scodelario, Moon) shows up, the first ever female in the Glade, things start to get crazy.