Friday, June 27, 2014

James Dashner Reveals Five TMR Secrets

Check out the five The Maze Runner secrets that James Dashner revealed below with Chicken House Publishing!

BAFTA: 60 Seconds with Will Poulter

BAFTA does a minute long, rapid fire interview with Will Poulter. Don't miss it!

The Maze Runner Receives PG-13 Rating

The MPAA has given The Maze Runner a PG-13 rating.

The specifics of the rating are as follows:

Rated PG-13: For thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images.

The Maze Runner: Movie Tie-In, Guide to the Glade, Series Box Set

The official The Maze Runner movie tie in cover has arrived and it's amazing!

Along with the redesigned cover, the new edition of the book features a fan sticker and eight pages of full color movie photos. What could be better than that?

Additionally, Inside The Maze Runner: The Guide to the Glade was announced.

Inside 'features more than 100 thrilling full-color photographs, up-close profiles of the Gladers, and details about the Glade, the Maze, and more!'

Both the movie tie-in edition and the Guide to the Glade will be available August 5th and are currently available for pre-order!

Lastly, it was announced that The Maze Runner series is getting a box set available July 8th!

Alexander Flores Instagrams during filming

Alexander Flores Instagram pictures during production!

More after the cut!

Vanity Fair features Dylan and Will

Vanity Fair features Dylan and Will in their July Issue: Hollywood's Next Wave.

Behind the Scenes

In Conversation

Thanks to Dylan O'Brien Daily and Will Poulter Net for the scans!

Dylan Covers Fashionisto Magazine

Dylan covers Fashionisto Magazine's tenth issue.


On TMR fanbase:
I haven’t really felt any real pressure from the fan base because so far they have just been so positive with everything we’re doing. It just feels like they have been excited and unconditionally supportive rather than hostile and judgmental.

On future fan reaction to his portrayal:
I’m not really worried at all. I’m excited for them to finally get a live action version of a book they all love. It’s really cool to be a part of it. Like the coolest thing ever.

Thanks to Dylan O'Brien Daily for the photoshoot pictures and scans! Interview source directly from Fashionisto.

Marie Claire Beauty UK features Kaya

Marie Claire Beauty UK's April edition featured Kaya.

Thanks to Kaya Scodelario Network for the scans!

Dylan and James chat with CBR TV

ComicBook Resources TV talks with Dylan and James Dashner about all things The Maze Runner.

James on if the film lives up to his novel:
Honest, total truth, is I cannot believe how much they matched my vision. I’ve just been pleasantly surprised, shocked, over and over how spot-on they’ve been with the script, the maze itself, the blade — I just could not be more thrilled, and I’m not just blowing smoke. It’s awesome.

Dylan on what he brought of himself to Thomas:
A lot. Like you said, as an actor you’re always going to be pouring a lot of yourself into your roles. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, that’s a beautiful thing, that’s just what should be happening. Thomas, the things I relate to with him is he’s a thinker. He’s constantly considering things and curious about things and he’s not just content not knowing. There’s a bravery, there’s a courage inside of him, it’s a passion it’s a fire. It’s something not many people have and I feel like in areas of my life — you go back and forth about feeling that way. You’ve got something inside you that’s good, and then it’s all about trying to stay passionate and stay fiery. But Thomas it just comes so naturally. He’s a born leader, and that’s what I love about him. Watching him realize it is my favorite thing about the story and about the role and the character. I like to think that I have some of that [Laughs] in my bones in real life, but if I go toe-to-toe with Thomas I lose.


The Maze Runner's Official Tumblr GIFS

The official The Maze Runner Tumblr has been releasing insanely intriguing GIFs. We've compiled them below for you all.

Nylon Magazine features Dylan

Dylan's featured in Nylon Magazine's May Young Hollywood issue.

Dylan on his first audition:
When I went in, I was coming from a day of Teen Wolf, so I still had the spiky Stiles hair. I did the audition and never heard back. Turns out the director thought my hair was too flashy.

On dystopian adaptation comparison:
My castmates and I have never compared The Maze Runner to The Hunger Games. It's sort of arrogant. And honestly, we don't look at it that way. We look at it like a modern-day Lord of the Flies.

On the infamous last day Wobble video:
We would all go out on the weekends in Baton Rouge, so we learned that dance to do at clubs. On wrap day, someone put the music on the loud speakers and we all started doing it.

(The infamous video in question)

Scans via the lovely Dylan O'Brien Daily!

Dexter Darden Instagrams during filming

Dexter Darden Instagram pictures throughout production!

More after the cut!

Page To Premiere visits TMR Set

Page to Premiere was one of the lucky few outlets to visit The Maze Runner set last year.

Here are the highlights:

Wyck on Wes Ball:
This is the thing that Wes [Ball] is great at. He can walk in and immediately know, from his visual effects background, ‘I can shoot here, and put the walls in here,’ or ‘No, that doesn’t work for this reason.’ We tried to limit how many times we actually have to see the walls, we obviously want to tell the story, and we want to feel them. Just the nature of it being surrounded by trees let the actors feel like they’re surrounded by walls. Yet every time you look at the village, we’re into woods and a hill, so you don’t have to see the wall in the background of every shot.

Dylan on stuntwork:
I’m always game to do it. I have to realize though that there are some things I can’t pull off as well as a stuntman can. There’s a compromise. I have to know sometimes that it’s better to let the stunt guy do it. Like, rolling down a hill. There was a scene where I had to trip and roll down a hill. There’s no way that A) the production was going to let me do that, or B) that I could pull that off take after take. So it’s a compromise with your stuntman. You let him make you look awesome for that frame.

Wes Ball on Kaya as Teresa: 
I wanted Kaya from the very beginning. I just saw her. I had seen SKINS and stuff and she was much younger, but you see it in the fan responses. I think we’ve got some tremendous response to our casting so far. Everyone is like “Of course. That’s Gally” or “Of course, that’s Teresa!” Teresa is always described as “pale, dark hair, tough girl” and that’s Kaya. She’s gorgeous, but it’s a natural beauty. It’s not like a supermodel beauty and I can’t wait for people to actually meet Kaya on this movie. I think she’s going to be fantastic.

Kaya on TMR cast off set:
 We’ve been going to the cinema a lot. I love that over here you can watch films at midnight, you can’t do that back home. So we’ve been going to late night movies a lot which has been fun.

Ki Hong Lee on getting the part of Minho:
I went in and I auditioned like everybody else, got a call back, kept getting call backs. And I could feel it, I could feel it, like the role was there, I could feel it but it wasn‟t mine yet ya know? And it was torture for like a month, two months or something. I finally got the call, I got the call from my agent he said “Ok, the wait is over, you got it” and I was like [silence]… He’s like “Do you need a couple minutes?” I was like “Yeah!” (laughs) I hung up the phone and ran to my mom and like “MOM, I GOT IT I GOT IT!” It was craziness for five minutes.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster on making Newt his own: 
 I take [Newt] on and I deal with the character in a personal way. I concentrate solely on that and if I make that work then I can only hope that fans appreciate that. You can’ t please everyone. Everyone’s got their own idea of who should be in their head. So I can only do what I think is right and hope that that works for everyone else.

Chris Sheffield on book-to-film changes for Ben:
We definitely stay true to the book. Specifically with Ben there are some differences. Ben’s a runner in the movie; Ben’s not a runner in the book. ‘The Changing’ is, I’m just going to say, takes you by surprise in the movie…for sure. You’ll definitely love Ben and then you’ll just have to see what happens.

Page to Premiere's set visit and their forty things they learned on the set!

Collider Visits the TMR Set

During filming Collider visited the set and sat down with Dylan, Kaya, and Wes to talk all things The Maze Runner.

Here are the highlights:

Dylan on being cast as Thomas:
Just like anything, I just auditioned for it. It’s funny. The way Wes told me it happened was, at first, I went in on it initially with the casting director, just like everybody. I didn’t hear back for like a month and a half, because Wes was like, “His hair is too MTV!” That’s what he thought, which was so funny. Then he saw a picture of me with more regular hair, the buzzcut or something from Teen Wolf, and he brought me back and it worked. It just ended up working out.

Dylan on potentially sacrificing himself for others:

When you think about it, I think it gets in your way, in your head about it. But instinctively, I’m always one who will lash out at anyone hurts my friends, viciously, kind of. Like, murder. [Laughs] No, but I’m very protective of the people I love. Sacrificing is a whole other thing. I don’t think you often come to that situation in life. But it’s a primal instinct, but maybe. Put me in that situation and we’ll find out!

Dylan on leading man pressure:
Yeah, yeah, there’s always pressure. Not pressure per say, I guess. You’re always conscious of what you’re doing. I don’t feel like I have to be the leader here or anything, I don’t have to take the reins. I think we have such an awesome group of actors so I don’t necessarily feel that way. But I can sometimes get into the head space of self-doubt. It’s just a human trying to act, essentially, but sometimes it can be a lot. But at the end of the day, I’m in love with what we’re doing. I’m in love with the movie that we’re making and the people we’re doing it with. Wes, my bosses and this whole group. I’m just trying to focus on the experience and what we’re doing with it. I think you yield the best result with that mentality, I think.

Dylan on his running skills: 
You see, that’s funny. You’d think they’d have to. He’s a Maze Runner! But sometimes with casting, I think about this sometimes. I never ran for them or anything. I just happen to be able to run really fast. I hate running, though. I love this running—long-distance, get out of here—but I’d be down to do a sprint any day, then wake up the next day and not be able to move. I love sprinting, which is such a weird sentence. [Laughs] But no, they never tested my running ability. I didn’t have much time to physically prepare at all. I do work every night on Teen Wolf, so to get up on your feet every day … I’m not in bad shape, but I’m not in great shape. I’m not somebody who works out every day, who goes to the gym ever. But it works with the character. I’m not supposed to be ripped. It’s about the heart that’s put into everything. When my character runs, he doesn’t even know he’s running. He’s just doing it. It’s instinct. It all plays well into the story.

Kaya on her first experience on a big budget set:
I tried to go into it treating it like any other job which I think is what you have to do. I’m really lucky it’s a big Hollywood film and everyone really cares about it. Everyone wants it to be made because they want it to be a good story. They’ve put a lot of time and effort into it. It doesn’t feel as though it’s just here for the sake of doing another young adult film.  If you speak to Wes, he really gives a fu*k about it!  And when you have that passion and when you have that dedication, it’s the same as being as being on the low budget set ever. It’s just that there’s loads of free food which is great!

Kaya on the most challenging part of playing Teresa:
Probably the physical side. I had never done an action film where I’ve had to run around, especially running after Dylan where he’s all athletic and American and great at sport. And I smoke and drink, typically English, so for me I’ve been pushing myself to get into shape and actually exercise and try to keep up with them all. It’s been a great challenge for me. I’ve been able to stand my ground. I didn’t want to be the pansy female, I wanted to give them a run for my money and I feel like I have! 

Kaya on what she's most looking forward to filming:
I can’t wait to do all the Griever stuff when we’re being attacked, because I’ve never worked with CGI or special effects so I’m really interested to see how that’s done.  And to kind of push myself to be afraid of a guy in a lycra green suit, that’s what I’m looking forward to. And the Maze stuff, because it all fascinates me how big this whole thing is and that there are three cameras. It’s still really exciting to me, so I can’t wait to see how the big stuff is filmed.

Wes on record amount of daily setups:
Yeah, well as it is my first movie and stuff, our first day we got 36 setups or something like that, which is supposed to be a lot. One day we actually got rained out for half the day and so we lost half of our day. We had six hours and we got thirty-nine setups on that day. That was a crazy, crazy day. That was nuts. That was our Ben banishment scene, which is going to be freaking intense. It’s going to be really brutal and it’s a scene that almost all the fans… When I first started this movie, I tweeted all the fans and said “Hey guys, what are your favorite scenes from the book?” I made sure all of those scenes are in this movie and Ben’s banishment was one of them and that was one of those days where we were just knocking stuff off and personally for me I love when we get into that stuff. We storyboard a lot, but I love when we are just going in there and just almost on the fly making stuff and discovering moments. It’s just fantastic, where you can really go in there and be creative and everything.

Wes on camera setups and blocking out scenes:
You have your master, you go in and get that and say “That’s great. Come in here, get this shot. Go over here and get this shot.” As we blocked the scene, we’d go in and rehearse it, block it, start getting the lights ready, and then we’d start talking about where we were going to get our shots and our little angles and all of this great stuff and then at the same time sometimes we are running three cameras at the same time. Well today we’re doing two. Well, actually we have three in there, but three cameras all of the time doesn’t help us so much. You start getting on top of each other, so I find two cameras is awesome, because we can get there and just fish for awesome moments, then occasionally have that third camera coming in for the big crane wides and stuff like that.

Please check out the rest of Collider's interview with Dylan here, Kaya, and Wes! Be sure to catch Collider's 45 Things to Know about TMR from their set visit here!

WonderCon 2014 Masterpost

Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, director Wes Ball, and author James Dashner attended WonderCon to promote The Maze Runner.

All coverage after the cut!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

James Dashner talks with Page To Premiere

Page to Premiere caught up with James Dashner and talked all things The Maze Runner adaptation.

Here are the highlights:

On green screen maze area on set:
I went to set twice! The first time, I got to see the Glade and Wes gave me a personal tour of the maze and the set where they do scenes in the maze and all that, before the actors came. Then I went back towards the end of filming, and actually got to meet the actors and watch them film a few scenes. It was just so amazing on two fronts, one because I love movies, and one, because it’s my book! It’s just weird. It’s surreal, and crazy, and awesome.

On his cameo in the film: 
Yeah! That was absolutely incredible. I’ve been joking with my family and everything, that I’m a Hollywood star now! Just to be on set, to get a costume, and get makeup, and get the director to call action. I mean…I’m in a scene! It was just an absolute surreal dream come true. But yes, I am in the movie!

On Wes Ball:
It’s just the perfect scenario, because Wes has been getting a ton of buzz for a few years. People know that he has a great vision, and he’s finally getting his first chance at a major film. It’s cool because he has every incentive in the world, potentially the start of his amazing career, and this is his chance to prove himself. So I have every confidence that he’s going to throw his whole heart and soul into it. Just seeing what he’s capable of now, first hand, I’m telling you he’s going to get a lot of kudos for this film.

Be sure to check out the great, full interview at Page To Premiere in Part One and Part Two!

Fox Acquires Rights The Scorch Trials

20th Century Fox confirmed their faith in The Maze Runner as a franchise and acquired the rights to the second book, The Scorch Trials.

The Scorch Trials continues to follow the story of Thomas and other Gladers after The Maze Runner. Fox has hired screenwriter T.S. Nowlin to pen the script. 

While the sequel hasn't been greenlit yet, it's not uncommon for a subsequent film's script to be in the works in case the film does well and a sequel wants to be put into production sooner rather than later.

More information at Collider.

Dylan mentions TMR with Collider

While promoting Teen Wolf, Dylan mentions The Maze Runner, it's pushed released date, and more. 

Here are the highlights:

Have you gotten to see The Maze Runner yet?

No.  I’ve gotten to do some ADR, though, so I’ve gotten to see some.  It looks beautiful.  I hope that people like it.  I really think it looks great, so far.  I haven’t seen how the movie came out, but the cinematography looked fucking great when I saw it.  I was very happy to see that.  I just implicitly trust that director, Wes Ball.  I absolutely fell in love with that guy, within a week of shooting.  He is one of my favorite people.  I would do any movie of his, ever.  He’s just got such a great energy.  He’s so confidence without ever being cocky.  He’s the most likeable, regular dude, who happens to also be a genius, and have a really good feel for film and storytelling.  He’s great, and so were the producers and cast.  It was so our thing, and we loved it so much.  We hope people like it because we had so much fun doing it.  The whole cast is in love with the story.  I’m in love with the story and characters.  We were all really close on the shoot, and we had a great little family.  I really hope it does well, just because we all want to go back and do it again, so badly. 

After the release date got pushed, were you relieved to learn that they picked up the option on the second book?

Totally.  And the news that it got pushed is good news, even without the option on the second book.  It only means that they’re not trying to spit it out.  They’re giving Wes more time to get the cut that he wants.  It just means that they’re liking what they see, so they’re investing more into it. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the interview at Collider!

James Dashner Analyzes the Trailer

Entertainment Weekly indepth analyzes The Maze Runner's first trailer with James Dashner.

Here are some highlights:

The trailer begins just like the book did. Although I described the opening sequence as total darkness in the book, that wouldn’t make very good sense for a movie. I think Wes Ball captured the spirit of that pivotal opening moment so perfectly, showing the terror in Thomas’s eyes and the dirt and sweat and jerky movements of it all. The sounds are so perfect, cranking and squealing and metallic jolts. I got chills when the doors opened.

More than anything else, the capture of the Maze walls as Thomas spins around matches my vision 100 percent. I can’t believe how perfectly they nailed that in this film.

People are going to go nuts when they hear Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) speak for the first time. He and Minho are fan favorites in the books by a long shot.

There’s a very quick shot of Gally looking through a window, under water. I’m going to enjoy very much hearing my readers wonder what in the world that’s all about.

Definitely be sure to check out the rest of the shot by shot analysis by James at the source!

James Dashner Instagrams during filming

James Dashner's Instagram pictures throughout filming and more!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Walking Stories - The Feature Film starring Kaya Scodelario

Check out the Ferragamo feature film Walking Stories starring Kaya below. It's really something special and a super interesting premise, as well!

The Maze Runner Trailer Premieres

The Maze Runner trailer debuted during the latest episode of Teen Wolf.

 Catch the seriously intense ride into the Glade below!

Aaaaaand here's the full trailer!

With some added benefits to the trailer releasing...

The Maze Runner Poster Premieres

MTV premiered the first official The Maze Runner poster.

Look at the Maze! Teeny Thomas! What do we think, Gladers? 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Release Dates Pushed Back

Originally The Maze Runner was set to charm Gladers on Valentine's Day, but it's now been pushed until September 19th instead.

Good news is that this leaves more time for marketing, post-production work, promotional events, and more. This extra time before release means that Fox truly cares about The Maze Runner in the short and long term, which is great for the potential franchise.

Even though we have to wait longer for the release, we have a distinct feeling that it'll definitely be worth the wait!

Aml Ameen talks with PMC Magazine

PMC Magazine talks all things acting, The Butler, The Maze Runner, and more.

Here are the highlights:

On Aml's start in acting:
I grew up in an entertainment family. My father who’s from the Caribbean Island of Saint Vincent was in a band called The Bitches. They were a warm-up act for the Rolling Stones in the Caribbean. I caught the entertainment bug from him, and the movies I watched as a kid with my mum. Home Alone and Thunder Cats began my journey; I’d run around playing those characters and my parents saw the potential in me to be an actor. I then went to Barbara Speake Stage School for 10 years from the age of 6.

On The Maze Runner's franchise potential:
The Maze Runner is an edgy powerful adventure story. It’s only comparison to the successful Hunger Games is that it was once a book for a teen audience. But I think you’ll find it stands on its own as a great piece of cinema. The Maze Runner has an incredible cast of actors helmed by the brilliant Wes Ball, and we bring a real truth to this world. Each character has a story that affects the piece and I’m extremely proud of the film. I play Alby who is a father figure and brother to what essentially are a group of lost boys, The Gladers, and he keeps the order. I believe when people come out to see this film, they’ll come again and again, and this film is gonna draw people of all ages to the cinema.

Check out more from the source!

Comic Con 2013 Masterpost

Dylan O'Brien, producer Wyck Godfrey, director Wes Ball, and author James Dashner stopped by Nerd HQ to promote The Maze Runner.




Collider interview with Wyck Godfrey

What's the Easter egg franchise potential like for The Maze Runner?
I think the entire mystery of what WCKD is and who they are and what their plan for these boys is, is the thing that drives you into the second book. And you find out, with the way Wes has handled it, was you do discover what's out there, but you don't know everything. You realize very quickly that they've made it out of the maze, but it's just the beginning. It's just the beginning of what they'll have to face, so by the end of the movie, you're satisfied with these having survived the maze trials, but you're dying to know what's going to happen next and I think that's important to get people intense. And the most important thing, frankly, is giving an audience with characters they care about. Essentially the drama of these books is the relationships that are formed and not everyone's going to survive. And you're heart's broken when people die, but if you get the audience caring about Thomas and Minho and Chuck and Newt, they're going to be with you in the second book/movie.


Collider with Dylan O'Brien

On set life:
Yeah, as an actor, it’s interesting because so much was like what you’re focused on and a lot of what you need to focus on is story and your scenes, and telling this story in each scene, and literally being on it constantly while also balancing other things.  In this case, it was a lot of other things.  There was a lot of physical stuff I needed to do for the role as far as — I didn’t need to train or anything for it.  But just as far as daily throwing myself into something or onto something or off of something, or running, hightailing it all day long for a hundred yard dashes.  By the end of the first week, my arms were covered in these cuts and then makeup started kind of duplicating the cuts.  The rest of the shoot when they went away, I would still have the scar of it, like the faint little line because we’re out on the sun all day too.  Then it became my cuts they were actually kind of reviving every day for the movie.  It’s just so funny, I’ve never done anything that physical, I’ve never worked the hours that I’ve worked in this movie, and I’ve never also shot this big of a film.  So, it was a really interesting kind of combination of craziness. 

Surprises for book fans:
 I think everything.  I can’t say how the movie’s going to come out or anything but I think [director] Wes [Ball] is going to kill it.  It’s really gritty, it’s a lot grittier than I think people are going to expect it to be.  What’s funny is that, in terms of subject matter, something like The Hunger Games is much more viciously violent than this story is but when you see the movies though, it’s interesting how — I think this is going to surprise people with how dirty and dark it is.

Check out the rest of this fantastic interview at the source!

Hypable with James Dashner 

On seeing his characters come to life:
There’s so much relief with it. I don’t know how I would have reacted if I have disagreed with all the choices, or if they were butchering my book or my vision. I agree and support everything about this film. I love the casting, I love the script, I love Wes’ vision for it. The tone and the spirit of the movie, it’s almost too good to be true. I am extremely satisfied and happy about it.

On adaptation changes:
There are changes, and they all make sense. I will spend the next seven months soothing my fans, preparing them. For example, the telepathy between Thomas and Teresa would just not work in the movie. Telepathy never works, it just looks cheesy and stupid. It works great in the book, it’s a cool way for them to be connected, but that is not in the film. But Wes Ball is a genius, and the way he creates that connection in a different way is very cool. And small things, like WICKED is just WCKD, and of course there are a lot of fans that went nuts. But it means the exact same thing, it’s pronounced the exact same way, it just looks cooler visually than spelling out the word.

Be sure to check out both Part One and Part Two of this in-depth interview with James! talks with Dylan O'Brien

On the importance of reading the book:
It was important for me but once I got halfway through I realized that it wasn’t too crucial at that point. Because again, I had no time, I came right into pre-production and we were starting in a week and a half. We had already had changes made to our script at that time so I was still getting the script down. We have so many changes from the book to the script that at one point I was starting to get confused. I remember one day I went up to Wes and asked him about a scene we were doing and he was like “that’s not in the script, it’s only in the book” and I was like ‘Oh my God I gotta work this out!’ So I put the book the book aside for a second, I didn’t want to finish it until I was confident I knew the script inside out. That was my priority as an actor, but the book helps so much just briefing me on what I’m doing. I love books too because books in general give so much more insight to characters and people. So it’s really important to get that insight as you are portraying the character.

Three words to describe working with Kaya:
Never-boring, adorable, lovely.

Check out the rest of the interview over at