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Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials Has Concept Art And A Release Date

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The Scorch TrialsWhen Hollywood thinks they have a profitable new franchise on their hands, it doesn’t take them long to get the ball rolling so they can capitalize on the hype. This summer alone it took Paramount all of one big opening weekend to green light Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and Marvel gave Guardians of the Galaxy 2 the go ahead, and scheduled a release date, before the film even hit theaters. And it’s happening again. About a year ago, 20th Century Fox started work on The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the young adult novel adaptation The Maze Runner, which just opened this past weekend, and now, hot on the heels of a successful debut, we have the first piece of concept art from the sequel.

In their defense, when Fox made the announcement in October of 2013, The Maze Runner was still supposed to be released in February of 2014. The movie was actually supposed to hit theaters ahead of this year’s other new addition into the dystopian YA sweepstakes, Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent. So, at the time anyway, the announcement didn’t come almost a year in advance of their movie, it was only a couple months.

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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.