Comic-Con 2014: 'Maze Runner' Sequel 'Scorch Trials' Concept Art
by Ethan Anderton
July 25, 2014
Though audiences won't get a chance to see The Maze Runner until September, director Wes Ball revealed at Comic-Con that development of the sequel The Scorch Trials is already underway with an eye towards shooting at the end of the year, at least if the first film turns out to be a hit. The footage shown off in Hall H, which included a new trailer and a scene where lead character Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) was chased by a creature called a Griever, was thoroughly impressive, and it looks like an intense action adventure. And as a tease for where this franchise could go, a piece of concept art was revealed. Look now!
Here's the concept art for The Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials from Comic-Con:
Concept art for THE MAZE RUNNER sequel THE SCORCH TRIALS: pic.twitter.com/OgH2QCT2w5
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And if you need to be convinced to see another dystopian sci-fi feature based on a young adult novel, note that this looks better than most of the films we've seen, even a hit like Divergent. It has a feel of Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games, but with an unknown overbearing force keeping these outcasts trapped in a strange environment with some really well-crafted action. Could be a surprise adventure hit in the fall.
The Maze Runner marks the feature directorial debut of Wes Ball (of Ruin), working from a script by Noah Oppenheim and James Dashner (who wrote the book on which the film is based). The story follows teen Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he's been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all while establishing a functioning society in what they call The Glade. Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and more star in the film arriving on September 19th, 2014.