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‘Maze Runner’ Adaptation Finds a Director in Wes Ball

Delacorte Press

And yet another young adult novel about a dystopian future gets an adaptation — this time, it’s James Dashner’s ‘The Maze Runner’ over at 20th Century Fox, and it looks like Wes Ball has been chosen to direct.

Deadline reports that Fox has chosen newcomer Wes Ball to direct their adaptation of ‘The Maze Runner,’ based on the novel by James Dashner about a group of teens who wake up in a maze that constantly changes. The most recent script was written by Noah Oppenheim, but there’s no word on whether that version will see a rewrite.

Ball is also currently working on a full-length adaptation of his animated short ‘Ruin’ at Fox, but ‘The Maze Runner’ will be live-action. McG and Steve Tzirlin of Lucasfilm are producing that project.

An official synopsis of ‘The Maze Runner,’ courtesy of Amazon is below. Hint: It goes something like, here’s a young person who is with other young people in a dangerous situation in a not-too-distant future and someone will fall in love with someone else because life.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


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