Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Tilda Swinton Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In 'Doctor Strange' Tilda Swinton Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In 'Doctor Strange' Watch: Jason Segel Plays David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg In The First Trailer For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Watch: Jason Segel Plays David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg In The First Trailer For ‘The End Of The Tour’ The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Lonely Island Movie Is Called 'Conner4real,’ Targets Justin Bieber & Katy Perry, Adds Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots, & More Lonely Island Movie Is Called 'Conner4real,’ Targets Justin Bieber & Katy Perry, Adds Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots, & More Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Watch: Things Get All Labyrinth-y & Out Of Breath In The New Trailer For ‘The Maze Runner’

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist July 29, 2014 at 12:00PM

The shortage of ideas in Hollywood often manifests itself around the metrics of success and sometimes even fear. No one likes to look like the exec who has no clue. Therefore when the Marvel plan does gangbusters, every other studio has to form a similar iteration. When “Twilight” and YA becomes a thing, all studios wanted to have their version of the popular soft drink too. The YA phenomenon quickly shifted though, and perhaps even bifurcated. The romance/doomed love angle still seems like it's picking up speed (“If I Stay,” “Fault In Our Stars”), but success of “The Hunger Games” altered the genre to move away from vampires and werewolves and hew closer to scaled-down dystopian sci-fi where the millennial is the star and the adults are the parents-just-don’t-understand adversaries.
4
The Maze Runner

The shortage of ideas in Hollywood often manifests itself around the metrics of success and sometimes even fear. No one likes to look like the exec who has no clue. Therefore when the Marvel plan does gangbusters, every other studio has to form a similar iteration. When “Twilight” and YA becomes a thing, all studios wanted to have their version of the popular soft drink too. The YA phenomenon quickly shifted though, and perhaps even bifurcated. The romance/doomed love angle still seems like it's picking up speed (“If I Stay,” “Fault In Our Stars”), but success of “The Hunger Games” altered the genre to move away from vampires and werewolves and hew closer to scaled-down dystopian sci-fi where the millennial is the star and the adults are the parents-just-don’t-understand adversaries.

While not quite that rebellious, “The Maze Runner” does fit the template of adolescents in a post-apocalyptic, science-fiction world. And while many hopeful YA movies have crashed and burned so far (“The Host,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Mortal Instruments,” etc.), director Wes Ball is already looking forward to the next film. At Comic-Con, Ball said that if “The Maze Runner,” due in September, is a success, shooting on the sequel, “The Scorch Trial,” will begin later this year.

One step at a time, my friend. Meanwhile, the new Comic-Con trailer for the film has hit and the reaction in San Diego was positive, but not exactly loud. Here’s the official synopsis: When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

“The Maze Runner” stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie Sangster and Aml Ameen and lands in theaters September 19th. Convinced? Is this a YA film you’d pay to see? Watch the trailer and sound off below.

The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
Mazerunner, poster
Maze Runner, poster
Maze Runner, poster
Maze Runner, poster
Maze Runner, poster

This article is related to: The Maze Runner, Comic Con 2014, Comic-Con, Film Trailers, Kaya Scodelario, Donald O'Brien


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates