Twentieth Century Fox released a trailer preview for The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, confirming the trailer will premiere tomorrow. The first installment in The Maze Runner film series, adapted from James Dashner's same-named young adult trilogy, hit theaters in September 2014 at the height of Hollywood adapting popular dystopian sci-fi YA to the big screen. The first two entries in The Hunger Games series had been successful, followed by the debut of Divergent. The Maze Runner, while not quite as big of an earner as either The Hunger Games or Divergent, performed well enough at the box office and with critics as well as casual moviegoers.
As such, the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, hit theaters in 2015 with the third film, The Death Cure, originally expected to hit an early 2017 release date. However, when star Dylan O'Brien was injured on set of The Maze Runner trilogy capper, production was delayed and The Death Cure is now on track for an early 2018 release date. Recently, Fox began the promotional push for the last Maze Runner film by releasing the first images from The Death Cure and promising a first trailer.
Now, Fox has released a 10-second preview for the first Death Cure trailer, which you can view above, that confirms the first full-length promo will arrive tomorrow. Although the preview doesn't confirm when exactly the trailer will drop, previous reports indicated The Death Cure trailer will premiere during Sunday night's series finale of Teen Wolf - the show that launched O'Brien's career - on MTV. Considering O'Brien's ties to Teen Wolf, and his expected reappearance in the season 6/series finale, it certainly makes sense to drop the trailer during the episode.
As for where The Death Cure will pick up the story of O'Brien's character, Thomas, and his friends from The Glade, they'll be gearing up to lead a final fight against WCKD - the organization that trapped them in the first maze to begin with. To do so, they'll break into the WCKD-controlled Last City, which is, essentially, a new maze that Thomas and his fellow Gladers will have to master in order to get the answers to their questions and, of course, survive.
In addition to O'Brien, The Death Cure will see the return of Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Ki Hong Lee as Minho, Dexter Darden as Frypan, Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge, Aidan Gillen as Rat Man aka Janson, Rosa Salazar as Brenda, and Patricia Clarkson as WCKD's Ava Paige. The final film in The Maze Runner trilogy also features Walton Goggins as Lawrence, a dangerous revolutionary.
Considering Hollywood has moved beyond the trend of adapting dystopian sci-fi YA in the wake of the diminishing success of The Hunger Games and Divergent, it remains to be seen how successful The Death Cure will be. Certainly, The Maze Runner series (both the books and films) have a dedicated following, as does O'Brien himself thanks to his time on Teen Wolf, which may translate to financial success. However, it's unclear if The Death Cure will be a hit among critics. Still, fans looking forward to the finale of The Maze Runner series will get their first look at The Death Cure soon enough when the trailer premieres tomorrow.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) release date: Jan 26, 2018