Having opened at number one around the world in many markets, it’s no surprise that 20th Century Fox is moving fast on a sequel to this weekend’s hit “The Maze Runner”.
A few months back it was reported that early work had already commenced on the film version of the next book in James Dashner’s trilogy, “The Scorch Trials”. Today, Fox has announced “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” will hit cinemas one year from this past weekend – specifically September 18th 2015.
No word if Fox plans to adapt the third book in the series, “The Death Cure,” just yet. The first film’s director Wes Ball is expected back to helm the second film though. No cast members such as Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are confirmed to be returning as yet either, though the survivors of the first are expected back.
One thing that separates the success of ‘Maze’ with that of other young adult franchises is cost. Many young adult novel adaptations so far from successes like “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games” to flops like “Percy Jackson” and “Beautiful Creatures” are expensive.
All those cited examples had production budgets ranging from $60-110 million, more often closer to the higher end of that range. In contrast, ‘Maze’ cost a very economical $34 million – a figure the film has essentially made back in its domestic opening weekend alone.