'Ruin' Director Wes Ball Lands 'The Maze Runner' Directing Gig at Fox

August 24, 2012
Source: Deadline

The Maze Runner

The next Hunger Games? It's time for The Maze Runner. Earlier this year, we featured a post-apocalyptic animated short called Ruin created in his own spare time by filmmaker Wes Ball. A few months later, his short got acquired in Hollywood to be made into a feature film, he landed agents & representation, and started getting in the mix at 20th Century Fox. Now Deadline is reporting that Fox has set Ball to direct the project The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner's post-apocalyptic book, about a community of boys trapped in an enormous maze which is part of a mysterious test. Sounds like a good fit for Wes Ball.

Fox first picked up The Maze Runner back in late 2010, originally with Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct. Now it's in the hands of a new director. The project is being developed by the Gotham Group (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Abduction), with producer-turned-writer Noah Oppenheim (WarGames remake, Snabba Cash remake, 1984, Jackie) behind the first draft of the script. James Dashner's The Maze Runner is a trilogy of books, set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world of an enormous maze. The start of it reminds me of Cube: "Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name." It sounds like it has potential, I just hope Ball can make something truly unique to his style. Watch Ruin if you haven't yet.

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  • Jason
    They better not screw this up. The Maze Runner is so much better than The Hunger Games, and has potential to be an amazing film trilogy.
    • beevis
      since you sound familiar with this - to me, it sounds like the movie "cube"....except the group is all boys. is this what it ends up being?
      • Jason
        No, not at all.
      • Abs
        no that's not like it at all. The trilogy was fantastic and very very very good. The second and third books are the best books I've ever read in my life (and that is really something to be said). I can't wait for the movie, although I'm nervous that they will screw it up like the did with THG and probably will with Divergent...
  • Eric
    The got a new director! Yay! Catherine Hardwicke screwed up Twilight majorly so I'm glad that they replaced her. Wes Ball should do much better on The Maze Runner than her but if he screws it up I'm gonna be mad.
    • Demond Washington
      A Movie Production is an enormous Team Project, so if the movie bombs it won't just be on the director's shoulders. The Cast & Crew will either succeed as a Team or Fail as a Team. Not because of one person, Though the media loves placing the Success or Failure of a movie on a single person. (Usually an Actor/Actress)



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