The Maze Runner is a series of science-fiction dystopian action adventure films from 20th Century Fox based on The Maze Runner novels by the American author James Dashner. The series is produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Patricia Clarkson. Wes Ball serves as director for the first two films.
The first film, The Maze Runner, was released on September 19, 2014. It was a commercial success, as it topped the box-office during its opening weekend with a $32.5 million debut. Since its release, the film has grossed over $340.6 million worldwide. It received favorable critical reviews, with praise aimed at its "strong acting, intriguing premise, and refreshingly dark tone."
The second film, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, is set to be released on September 18, 2015.
The Maze Runner (2014)
The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in The Maze Runner film series and was produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Lee Stollman with a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, and T.S. Nowlin. The film stars Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, and Ki Hong Lee.
The Maze Runner was released on September 19, 2014 in the United States by 20th Century Fox. The film received mainly favorable critical reviews, with praise aimed at the cast's performances as well as the film's intriguing premise and refreshingly dark tone, and even considered the film better than most young adult book-to-film adaptations. The film was also a commercial success, as it topped the box-office during its opening weekend with a $32.5 million debut, making it the seventh-highest grossing debut in September. Since its release, the film has grossed over $340 million worldwide against its budget of $34 million.
After the success of the film, a sequel, entitled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, is set to be released on September 18, 2015 in the United States.
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (2015)
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (stylized onscreen simply as The Scorch Trials) is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film based on James Dashner's novel The Scorch Trials, the second novel in The Maze Runner book series. The film is the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series. It was directed by Wes Ball, with a screenplay by T.S. Nowlin. Adding to the original film's cast of Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson, the new supporting cast includes Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Jacob Lofland, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazar, Lili Taylor, and Alan Tudyk.
The plot of The Scorch Trials takes place immediately after the previous installment, with Thomas (O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers battling the powerful World Catastrophe Killzone Department (W.C.K.D., or WICKED), while facing the perils of the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles. Filming began in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 27, 2014, and officially concluded on January 27, 2015.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was released in select international territories starting September 9, 2015 in 2D, 3D, 4DX and Barco Escape, and was released on September 18, 2015 in the United States in 2D and Premium Large Format theaters, by 20th Century Fox. It was originally set to be released in IMAX, but this was cancelled, as Everest had all worldwide IMAX screens booked until the release of the film The Walk. The Scorch Trials received mixed reviews, with some critics calling it decent – commending its action sequences and performances – while others criticized the film for its lack of plot and character advancement. Like its predecessor, the film was a commercial success grossing $30.3 million on its opening weekend, making it the ninth-highest grossing debut in September. The film went to the number one spot at the box office during its opening weekend, and has grossed $312 million worldwide.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (also known simply as The Death Cure) is an upcoming American dystopian science-fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on The Death Cure, the final book in The Maze Runner trilogy, written by James Dashner, with a screenplay by T.S. Nowlin. It is the sequel to the 2015 film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the third and final installment in the Maze Runner film series.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure was originally set to be released on February 17, 2017, in the United States by 20th Century Fox, but the studio rescheduled the film for January 26, 2018 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D, allowing time for Dylan O'Brien to fully recover from his injuries sustained on-set.
The Maze Runner (2009 Book)
The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction trilogy of the same name by James Dashner. The novel was published on October 6, 2009, by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, and was made into a 2014 major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. The novel spawned two sequels: The Scorch Trials (2010) and The Death Cure (2011).
Dashner also wrote a prequel to The Maze Runner, entitled The Kill Order, that came out in 2012. He also announced that another prequel, The Fever Code, is set to be released in 2016.
The Scorch Trials (2010 Book)
The Scorch Trials is the second book in a young-adult dystopian science fiction trilogy by James Dashner. It is preceded by The Maze Runner The novel was published October 5, 2010 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. On October 11, 2013, it was reported that Fox had acquired the rights to The Scorch Trials. The film will be released on September 18th, 2015.
The Death Cure (2011 Book)
The Death Cure is a 2011 young-adult dystopian science fiction novel by James Dashner and the third and final book in the Maze Runner Trilogy. It was first published in hardback on October 11, 2011 through Delacorte Press and was preceded by The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials and followed by the series prequel, The Kill Order.
The Kill Order (2012 Book)
The Kill Order is a 2012 young-adult dystopia science fiction novel by James Dashner and the prequel to his Maze Runner trilogy. The book was released on August 14, 2012 through Delacorte Press and is set 13 years before the events of the original novel.
Of the novel, Dashner stated that he wanted to expand the world but not focus on the main characters of the main Maze Runner trilogy. He also stated that he had originally planned to write a prequel for the series, but that the plans did not become official until he had completed the third book in the trilogy.
A sequel has been announced, taking place after this 2nd prequel novel but before the events of the original The Maze Runner, titled The Fever Code, is due publication in 2016.
The Fever Code (2016 Book)
The Fever Code is the fifth book in the science fiction series, The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. Of the novel, Dashner said that he always wanted to write about how the rest of the Gladers got to the maze and what they did before Thomas entered the box, therefore the book is set in a time before The Maze Runner and after The Kill Order.