There have been a lot of strange prisons depicted in sci-fi movies, but the maze of Wes Ball’s upcoming sci-fi The Maze Runner certainly takes a few prizes for creativity. Populated by a small community of teenage boys, this prison is an entirely artificial world with a glade at its center and an enormous maze stretching out in every direction beyond it. Stripped of their memories, the inmates don’t know what they did to end up there, but they do know that the answer to their freedom is somehow locked up in the maze’s design.

Of course, things are a little more complicated than that. The maze is actually many mazes, with walls that shift and create new paths. There are deadly creatures lurking in its shadows. The huge stone doors close at night, and anyone left on the wrong side of them will be nothing but a corpse for burial in the morning.

Twentieth Century Fox has now released the first full trailer for The Maze Runner, which is the feature film debut of Wes Ball and is based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner. It’s also (as the trailer optimistically boasts) the first chapter in a saga, which continues in Dashner’s sequels “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure”. Whether or not these get big screen adaptations as well will depend on how well The Maze Runner performs when it’s released this fall.

This first trailer definitely looks promising, and wisely does not give away too much about the plot ahead of time. The story begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) arriving in the Glade emptied of his memories, but just as he starts to settle into the status quo the system begins to become disrupted. Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the first female prisoner of the Glade, arrives with a note saying that she will be the last, and the Gladers soon realize that they may no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to solving the maze.

The Maze Runner is targeting the Hunger Games sweet spot of being appealing to both adults and younger audiences, and despite Dashner’s novel being quite tricky to adapt this first trailer is very promising.

The Maze Runner is out in theaters on September 19, 2014.

Source: Twentieth Century Fox