The initial installment of the Maze Runner series was a smash hit at the box office this time last year. Now the second book in the Maze Runner saga, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, is coming to life on the big screen.
The Scorch Trials welcomes back Kaya Scodelario (Clash of the Titans) as Teresa, Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf) as Thomas, Ki Hong Lee (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Minho, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) as Newt and Dexter Darden (Joyful Noise) as Frypan, among others. Wes Ball, the director of the first Maze Runner movie, returned for the sequel and is even rumored to be handling the third film - a rare occurrence among these young adult sci-fi franchises. T. S. Nowlin is also returning as a writer for Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Maze Runner fans have been getting by on little bits and pieces from the much-anticipated Scorch Trials over the past few months, by way of image collections and trailers. Now, just five days from the release date, 20th Century Fox has given the gift of a huge collection of posters from the dystopian action sequel.
When The Scorch Trials begins the group of Gladers have just emerged from the maze of the first film, only to discover that they must deal with the desolate and forbidding landscape known as the Scorch. Through numerous obstacles, the characters will continue their journey to unravel the mysteries surrounding the ominous W.C.K.D and their wicked plans. The posters highlight the desolation and vastness of their journey, with characters Thomas and Minho getting the solo character poster treatment.
James Dashner's young adult action-adventure Maze Runner book series is one of the hottest properties hitting the screens this fall, and with the third film already in development for a 2017 release, the initial trilogy is coming together. Fans may have been expecting the final book in the trilogy to be split into two films, as has been done in the recent past with book-to-film franchises like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Divergent, but the choice has been made to keep the final film to one movie.
This decision should keep the final film full of action, rather than having to be drawn out into two, much slower films. The idea of valuing the integrity and flow of the films over the potential additional box office pull is an increasingly rare experiment in this day and age. There's no word on whether the prequel books will also be developed into films, but if the profits for Scorch Trials are half as impressive as they were for the first film, you can bet that 20th Century Fox will be more than eager to keep the series going.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hits theaters on September 18, 2015. Maze Runner: The Death Cure will be released on February 17, 2017, while the second prequel book, The Fever Code, is due for release in 2016.