There are still a lot more great-looking movies to come in 2013, but that doesn't mean it's too soon to start looking forward to what's on the table next year. Teen bookworms are certainly going to have a good year, with adaptations of young adult novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 already lined up, and now two more books based on teen novels have just settled into place with new release dates.
The Maze Runner, based on the novel by James Dashner and directed by Wes Ball, is about a group of gifted youngsters who have their memories wiped and are sent to live in a prison at the centre of a maze, promised the hope of escape only if they solve the puzzle around them and figure out the key to their freedom. Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien plays Thomas, the latest recruit to the maze and seemingly the possessor of fresh knowledge that could be the final piece needed to complete the puzzle.
The Maze Runner was originally set for a February 2014 release, leaving it with a rather tight schedule within which to complete post-production, so it's actually something of a relief to hear news from Coming Soon that The Maze Runner's theatrical release has been pushed back to September 19th. Dashner himself assured fans on Twitter that, "This is purely, 100% good news. If you've ever trusted me, trust me now. Never rush brilliance."
On average, September is a slightly worse month for box office ticket sales than February (the average total domestic box office gross over the past ten years is $504 million for September compared to $619 million for February) but The Maze Runner feels like it could be a strong contender for one of the top spots of the month, provided the trailers look good. Its current direct competition on the weekend of release is family film Dolphin Tale 2 and sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.
The Maze Runner isn't the only Twentieth Century Fox movie to get a release date announcement. Another young adult novel adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars, is now set for a solid summer release date of June 6th, 2014. Directed by Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) from the novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars is about a sixteen year-old cancer patient called Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who falls in love with a boy in her support group, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a former basketball player who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma.
The release date for The Fault in Our Stars pits it directly against action sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow, in which Tom Cruise plays a future soldier who becomes locked in a time loop, reliving the same battle against his alien enemies. Hopefully the two movies are different enough in genre and target audience that they won't end up treading on each other's toes too much.
If you're a fan of Dashner's novel, Green's novel or even of both books, let us know in the comments what you're hoping to see from these two adaptations when they arrive in theaters next year.
The Fault in Our Stars is set for release on June 6th, 2014.
The Maze Runner will be out in theaters on September 19th, 2014.
Source: Coming Soon