'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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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.

Jason on Aug 24, 2012


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?

beevis on Aug 24, 2012


No, not at all.

Jason on Aug 28, 2012


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...

Abs on Apr 20, 2013


I agree. I was quite let down by the hunger games movie (not at all because of acting though) but because I feel that the effort wasn't there as much as it should have been. The story was rushed, they cut out key parts of the book and I felt that the relationships between the character weren't as solid as they should have been. I'm glad to heard you say that the maze runner books are the best you've read in your life. Especially the 2nd and 3rd books. I've only just started the 2nd book, and I made the mistake of thinking that because the first book in the Hunger Games series was outstanding that the other books would be as good or nearly as good at least ( I found the 2nd book to be really good and the third book utterly terrible). But it's nice to know I don't have to worry about that with the Maze Runner books.

Natalie24 on May 22, 2014


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.

Eric on Apr 20, 2013


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)

Demond Washington on May 9, 2013


I get your point. I seem to point the finger alot at Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson for how dismal twilight was, and although they are truly terrible in it- it's not just there fault.

Natalie24 on May 22, 2014

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