Sept. 17, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
In the new film “The Maze Runner,” a teen named Thomas is suddenly deposited into the Glade, a pastoral enclave surrounded by a massive maze that is home to a community of boys, none of whom has any memory of his past. During daylight hours, the doors to the labyrinth stand open and the boys are free to explore its pathways — but at night, danger threatens anyone who ventures inside. In adapting James Dashner’s wildly popular young adult novel, first-time feature filmmaker Wes Ball had some reason to identify with Thomas’ dilemma. He, too, was thrust into an unheralded new world filled with challenges while shooting the movie, which arrives in theaters Friday — namely, staving off snakes and horseflies while directing an ensemble cast composed almost entirely of young men in the sweltering summer climes of rural Louisiana […]
July 25, 2014 | 8:09 p.m.
Six thousand-odd Comic-Con International attendees came into 20th Century Fox’s Hall H panel wondering if there would be any big surprises of the sort Paramount offered yesterday with the appearance of Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey. A very early look at “X-Men: Apocalypse”? A tease of the new “Fantastic Four”? Well, the answers to those questions were no and no. But, as it happened, there were a couple of didn’t-see-that-coming moments, including at least one that may not have been entirely welcome. Toward the end of the presentation for the upcoming dystopian thriller “The Maze Runner,” which is adapted from a bestselling YA novel, the film’s star, Dylan O’Brien, was asked by an audience member about the most difficult scene he had to film. O’Brien thought for a moment and then answered that it was the death of a major character — who he named. Comic-Con 2014: Full coverage […]
March 17, 2014 | 10:14 p.m.
The first trailer for September’s “The Maze Runner” has arrived online, bringing imagery from James Dashner’s novel to vivid life. Directed by newcomer Wes Ball, “The Maze Runner” is the latest dystopian adventure to be adapted from a bestselling young adult novel. But this time, instead of a resourceful heroine, the story centers on Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, a teen who finds himself deposited into a community of boys trapped near a massive, and lethal, maze. “No one has ever survived a night in the maze,” Thomas is told in the new trailer. Although Thomas has no memory of who he was before he came to the Glade, he soon begins to form alliances and make friends. But his arrival heralds unanticipated changes — before long, a girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), unexpectedly turns up, and the rules that have […]