This past summer, we received our first look at the film adaptation of James Dasher’s 2010 young adult novel The Maze Runner. The film was originally set to arrive in theaters on February 14th, 2014 but it appears that 20th Century Fox has pushed the film back to the fall of next year. Director Wes Ball revealed the news on Twitter by writing, “Good news and bad news y’all. Bad news, you have to wait a bit longer. Good news, the movie and marketing can be the best it can be now.”
The film follows a teen by the name of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up in an elevator with no memory leading up to that moment. He soon finds himself in the Glade, a walled-in arena where teens like him are deposited every thirty days. Thomas and the other teens, known as “runners”, soon find themselves trapped in a dangerous maze where they must avoid a devastating fate. The film co-stars Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox will now release the film on September 19th, 2014. Ball goes on to say, “These things aren’t my choice, but I 100% agree with Fox‘s decision. Just imagine the cool stuff we can do with a little extra time. I’ll do my best to get you guys some cool stuff to see in the mean time.” This is a smart move. Even though we’re a few months away from February, we haven’t seen any marketing material for the film besides the first set of images that were released a few months ago. Perhaps Fox has a little bit more confidence in this film than originally thought.