Fox have seemingly taken their time with this one after hiring the double Black-Listed screenwriter Noah Oppenheim to pen a script shortly after hiring Hardwicke, and it’s unclear whether that will be the same draft that newly announced helmer Wes Ball will direct. Ball’s a total newcomer, but his short film “Ruin” was apparently “an internet sensation” (according to Deadline) earlier this year when it amassed nearly five million hits. Fox recently acquired the short and have now put Ball to work on what could be a pretty big project for them.
“The Maze Runner” follows a teen called Thomas 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 though when a comatose girl arrives with a strange note. It’s the first book in a trilogy (which would surely become 4 films if the current trend continues) so this could be a lucrative franchise for Fox, providing Ball can deliver. Here's his short that caused a stir.