Fox’s “The Maze Runner” films are unlike other recent young adult novel series adaptations in two key ways. First up, they have no plans to go beyond a straight trilogy adaptation of the three books, so no ‘Part 1/2’ for the final entry.
The other is the series has retained one filmmaker across the entire run – Wes Ball. Out doing promotion for the second film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” a few weeks before release, Ball has spoken with Collider and revealed that while the second film picks up essentially directly after the events of the first film”
“The second one, what we did is we designed it so you could just butt ’em up together. No credits, no nothing, just start the movie and go, which would be a fun way to watch and I’ve seen the movie kind of that way already. It’s really cool the way it kind of ends and then just picks back up. And that would be fun to kind of somehow string it together so it’s all one, huge six-hour saga.”
The third film, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” however will include a bit of a time jump:
“This next one will be cool because we’re gonna cut maybe a year later. Yeah, so it’ll be cool. Some things have happened off screen, which is gonna make the movie feel even bigger.
It’s gonna be a different kind of an engine, a different kind of genre almost and a different sort of color palette and terrain… We’re not gonna be in the same kind of setting anymore. We’re gonna go a little bit more future, do something a little gritty, a little film noir almost.”
Asked about the project’s current status, with shooting likely to take place in Vancouver, he says: “We’re working on it right now, basically. And we’re actually gonna shoot in February and then release in the next February so it’ll be another tight run.”
Ball also confirms he has incorporated elements of the third book in the second film which opens in cinemas on September 18th. The final film, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” is already set for February 17th 2017.