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Last summer Fox had assigned director Wes Ball to bring the first book in the popular dystopian trilogy Maze Runner to the big screen. Now it has set a release date.

That date is Feb. 14, 2014. This puts it a month ahead of another YA dystopian book adaptation, Divergent. Read the synopsis of the James Dashner book below:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade — a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up — the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Have you read Maze Runner, and do you think a book-to-film adaptation could have good potential?

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  • Allison L.

    one reason i really enjoyed this book is because of the male perspective we normally don’t see! i really hope they do the movie well!

    • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

      I’m curious, what do you mean by “the male perspective we normally don’t see”? Most books are written from the male perspective. That’s true even if you’re talking about just YA books… for instance most of John Green’s books, Beautiful Creatures, Warm Bodies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beastly, I Am Number Four, Percy Jackson series, Eragon series, and of course, the Harry Potter series. I could go on and on but statistically, it’s a fact that there are much more male characters in literature than there are female characters.

      • Helen

        I think she means the YA book adaptions that get all the hype. Hunger Games, Divergent, Mortal Instruments and Twilight stand out more than fantasy/sci-fi YA books with a male lead. They are the ones who usually get the sequels.

        • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

          There are only a handful of movies (that aren’t romantic comedies) with female leads. A movie like the Hunger Games is so unusual, as most adventure/scifi/fantasy/superhero movies have male leads. Without these YA novels being adapted, we probably wouldn’t see stories like this is mainstream Hollywood. In the YA book world, yes, but not Hollywood. So, I’ll take it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    I’m so excited for this movie! This is such a good book!

  • bethanny23

    Im reading the third book right now actually. Wasn’t aware there was going to be a movie adaptation. Love the books so far, I too also like having a male as the lead in a dystopian. Not something normally done and I’m quite enjoying it. Looking forward to more movie news :)

  • Josh

    The books are REALLY cinematic. So yeah, they’ll make great movies. :D

  • R

    As long as Minho is played by a Korean guy, I’ll be happy.

    • kaitlin

      Minho was definitely my favourite character

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    this book is really suited to be adapted but I think they should try to wrap up the series in one movie. The first one is the best and I think the series starts to go downhill after that. If this project doesn’t get shelved, then I’ll probably go see it!

    • Jonah Anderson

      That’s impossible.

    • Helen

      I think The Scorch Trials is the best out of the 3(or 4 if you count the prequel). The Death Cure is good, but seemed a bit rushed at the end, like Mockingjay.

  • kaitlin

    i can’t wait to see who they cast in this movie

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    Man are movie studios really trying to get another book adaptation serie to be as big as HP and Twilight!

    • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

      And it only works if the series has a strong obsessive fan base before the movie is released. So far only the Hunger Games has managed it, but we’ll see what happens with all these other book adaptations.

      • Josh


      • Daniella

        I agree but I definitely think that The Maze Runner will gather a huge fan base as well, even if it isn’t quite as big as the Hunger Games because that isn’t really possible :P

        • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

          There is definitely potential.

    • Josh

      I can’t blame them. There are a lot of great books out their with potential. Like the Maze Runner.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    Oh snap!

  • Jonah Anderson

    The Weinstein Company just set The Vampire Academy movie for the same day. Just another bump that’s preventing The Maze Runner from becoming popular and having the sequels made.. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/lankyschmit Kat Smith

    Oh wow, I hadn’t even heard it had been picked up for a movie, so excited right now! Iove this book, I’m waiting for my bookshop to get the Scorch Trials in so I can get stuck into that one. I think Maze Runner has a lot of potential for a movie, I’m particularly keen to see how they do the grievers, I found it had to get a solid picture of them in my head while I was reading. Interesting how it’s a month ahead of Divergent, that’ll be a pretty full-on few weeks for me!

  • Daniella

    No way!!! It’s about time they made The Maze Runner into a movie! It is a fantastic book and will definitely make an equally great and popular movie if it is directed and cast properly. I can’t wait!!!!!

  • Thehungryhipster

    Sooooo excited, I’m reading the prequel to the maze runner called, The Kill Order! I can’t wait for the movie!!!!!!

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