Books into Movies: The Maze Runner (Director)

Following the success of The Hunger Games many dystopian books are being put through the movie making process. James Dashnar's The Maze Runner has kicked up production by signing on a director. Continue reading for more!

Deadline reported that 20th Century Fox has hired Wes Ball to direct The Maze Runner. Wes Ball hasn't directed much. His credits include a short film called Ruin that became an internet sensation. But other than that, he's mostly unknown. It's a surprising choice for such a popular series. 

The Maze Runner is the first book in a trilogy. It's not my type of book, so I haven't read it. But I know the book is very popular and has some great ratings.  

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 6, 2009

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.

Books in the Series

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)      The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)      The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)

Want to know what the author thinks about the potential movie? James Dashner took to twitter to answer some questions. Here's what he had to say:

The director, Wes Ball, also went on twitter to discuss the news!

I'm glad that the directer is enthusiastic about the film! What do you think? Have you read any books in the series? Excited to see it as a movie? Sound off below!!


  1. I just posted up my review of the Maze Runner, I read it a few weeks ago and loved it. I'm happy to see how excited the author is. As far as movies go, I'm more on the sceptical side but I'd definitely be more excited as more news about it is released. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Hmm.. I've heard the Maze Runner mentioned here and there, but I never actually knew what it was about, let alone that it was in the dystopian genre. I'll have to look into this series some more!