In a welcome change from the norm, at least one key player involved in “The Maze Runner” young adult franchise doesn’t believe the series should follow the example of other young adult novel series and split its final story into two films.
Speaking with Digital Spy, director Wes Ball says they intention is to turn the book trilogy into a film trilogy and NOT stretch out the final story ala “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”:
“I think three is the number; beginning, middle, end, that’s it. Four? I think there’s something off about four. For me, if I have any say in it, there’s three movies basically… We’re not going to [split a book in two], no way. I think three movies is the right number. Star Wars.”
Ball directed “The Maze Runner” and the upcoming sequel “The Scorch Trials,” no word if he’s going to come back for the final tale “The Death Cure” should it go forward. ‘Maze’ continues its healthy sprint forwards at the box-office, having grossed over $200 million worldwide from a $34 million production budget.