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The Maze Runner Trailer Gets Lost In The Action

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Teen-centric dystopian sci-fi is big business. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest grossing film of 2013, and Divergent got in on the act earlier this year. The next entry into this arena, coming up in September, is Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner’s novel of the same name. Similar in tone and theme to the others, it hopes to bring enough unique elements to the table to attract both fans of the other films as well as a new audience. The film screened at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, revealing a new poster, and now there is a fresh trailer to go along with all of that.

This video breaks down the plot and lays out the story, and actually borders on revealing too much. I get the impulse to do whatever you can to get people interested in your movie, but you need to save something. Dashner’s book is one of those that you read, and though it’s not particularly good as a novel—the writing is not excellent—you can see it making a really fun movie, and that’s exactly what The Maze Runner looks like. There’s action and peril and mystery and monsters lurking in the shadows, what more do you need?

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The Maze Runner Reveals A Poster And Gathers Positive Early Buzz

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The Maze RunnerAdaptations of young adult books are huge business for movie studios, and if you can throw in some dystopian elements, maybe an oppressive government, even better. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest grossing movie of 2013, Divergent brought in almost $275 million worldwide, and the next film to drop in this mold is Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s YA sci-fi novel The Maze Runner. The film screened yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con. Early buzz from those in attendance is overwhelmingly positive, and they released a slick new poster.

The Maze Runner the book is okay. It’s not particularly well written, but the plot and set up are cool, it has a quick pace that carries you through, and overall it’s decently structured and has a unique enough hook to keep you interested. Reading it you can see how it would make fun movie, there’s a lot of action, a creepy setting, and weird ass monsters.

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The Maze Runner’s Flashy First Trailer Offers Giant Puzzles And Spooky Creatures

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Lionsgate/Summit will be reminding everyone that teenagers are important people too when Divergent hits theaters this weekend, and our own Brent will selflessly be falling on that grenade. Chances are he’ll be wishing that movie was something more akin to Fox’s The Maze Runner, which just released its gigantic first trailer and became the first flick in this new wave of young adult adaptations to actually tickle my fancy and earn my anticipation. It could be that my love of mazes is blinding me on this one, but I’m fine with pretending this is going to be the best movie of the summer…that isn’t Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jupiter Ascending, and Step Up All In. Wait, why are you all looking at me like that?

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The Maze Runner Hypes The Trailer With A Teaser And Massive Poster

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Imagine you wake up in a dark elevator, with no idea how you got there, and then get dumped smack in the middle of a place you can’t escape, full of other people in the exact same boat. That’s precisely what happens to Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), the star of Wes Ball’s upcoming adaptation of the young adult adventure The Maze Runner. MTV is set to debut the first full trailer later tonight during Teen Wolf, but for the moment we have this quick teaser that offers a few seconds of footage, and a poster that gives you an idea exactly what the characters have to deal with.

Like I said, Thomas wakes up in an elevator, which leaves him in the Glade, where he, and a bunch of other teenage boys are help captive by someone or something. Surrounded by high walls, they’re stuck. But every morning the walls open up to reveal an ever-changing maze, and every day a team of, you guessed it, “maze runners” explore and search for a way out. Thomas is just the latest addition to the crew, but he’s not the last. The day after he arrives another newbie shows up on the doorstep. Two recruits have never appeared in such quick succession, and that’s not the only shocker, this one is a girl, also something that has never happened.

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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.