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First Images From 'The Maze Runner,' Yet Another YA Franchise Contender

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 3, 2013 9:43 AM
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Dystopian future? Tweenangers in peril? Yes, it's yet another YA book series turned movie turned hopeful franchise. It seems everyone in Hollywood wants their own "Twilight," but it's a big gamble...for every "The Hunger Games," there's a "Beautiful Creatures" lying wounded on the side of the road. Now, another contender is hoping to hit the big time.

"The Maze Runner," based on the book by James Dasher -- who has also published two sequels and a prequel, naturally -- stars "Teen Wolf" lead Dylan O'Brien and "Skins" and "Wuthering Heights" thesp Kaya Scodelario, and tells the story of Thomas, a teen who wakes up with amnesia and soon finds himself in a completely closed environment called the Glade. There he finds around 60 other teen boys who have been trying to escape from the enclosure for two years through a surrounding maze. Things change drastically when a comatose girl arrives with a strange note.

So yeah, another bleak future is on hand, but will this one have the magic to reach beyond its fanbase to the public at large? You'll find out next Valentine's Day but until then, here are the first images. [MTV]

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  • Igor@ThinkMaze | July 13, 2013 6:00 AMReply

    Looks like a nice movie for teens, it will probably work

  • Transparent | July 3, 2013 10:00 AMReply

    Transparent: how bad MTV wants ANY one of these YA franchises to turn into the next Twilight.

  • Transparent 2 & Why | July 3, 2013 3:17 PM

    Every big movie outlet tries to "own" a YA franchise because the kids come and give them huge hits. Happened with Twilight and MTV was on the ground floor early so everyone's tried the same thing. MTV has tried it with Hunger Games -- though other outlets got wise fast and have also claimed a piece of it -- and Entertainment Weekly has an entire Divergent section to their movies site. They all wanna get in as early adopters hoping it'll pay off in traffic down the road when the tween audience latches on in the same way they did with Twilight.

    Though as Beautiful Creatures and a few other YA adaptations have proved. Audiences aren't simply biting at anything that's a YA movie adaptation.

  • john michaels | July 3, 2013 10:44 AM

    what does MTV have to do with any of these franchises?

    BTW- this movie will work.

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