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Time flies indeed. It seems like it was only yesterday when “The Maze Runner” hit theatres. It’s not a bad thing, of course. In less than 7 months, the popular YA adaptation is finally going to make its triumphant return with a sequel.
Titled “The Scorch Trials“, the sequel is the 2nd instalment of Wes Ball’s film adaptation of James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” trilogy. The first film raked in a surprise success total of over USD81.5 million in worldwide box office since its release last September. Due to its massive commercial success, a sequel is subsequently in the works and we finally have our first look at the film (via Empire Online):
“Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien returns to the sequel as Thomas, one of the Gladers who survived in a deadly test constructed by a mysterious organisation named WCKD. Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Ki Hong Lee are returning to the sequel in their respective roles as well. We dare say that the sequel is highly anticipated by the fans and the critics because the first film received mainly positive reviews for its premise and the cast’s performances.
“The first movie was the mystery of ‘Where are we and what is this place? And can we get out?’ But the second movie is about the repercussions of getting out and the discovery of what the world is actually like,” says producer Wyck Godfrey (of “The Twilight Saga” and “The Fault in Our Stars” fame).
In the sequel, the Gladers who are under Thomas’ lead would find themselves in a more devastating state. How devastating is it, you ask? Well, the world outside the maze is even more dangerous than they thought. Wes Ball, who is back in the director’s chair described that a massive solar flare “has transformed the world into a desert with sand dunes that crawl and are swallowing the ruins of a lost world”.
Avid readers of the novel would also know that the Gladers will be confronted by the Cranks, a group of humans who were infected by the Flare virus. The director wouldn’t call them zombies because he described that “they are not undead”, but they fit into that category because “they are rage-filled”. He added that Thomas and the gang will stumble upon “a lot of people out in the Scorch” as well, including some friends and some foes.
Scheduled for release on 18th September 2015, “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” also stars Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Jacob Lofland, and Patrica Clarkson.
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