‘The Maze Runner’ Is Reportedly Being Rebooted with Jack Paglen in Talks to Write

'The Maze Runner' Is Reportedly Being Rebooted with Jack Paglen in Talks to Write

Back in 2009, James Dashner released The Maze Runner, the first of what was to become a series of novels consisting of a main trilogy, two prequel novels, and a planned sequel trilogy, as well as a companion volume. The story is a dystopian narrative that focuses on a group of children who have to survive the Maze, but ultimately discover that the world they are in is in ruins and that there is a dark secret behind everything. The series was picked up for a live-action adaptation in 2011, and the first movie was released in 2014. Two additional movies were released, with The Death Cure ending the trilogy in 2018.

But, while it’s been just six years since the final movie of the original trilogy, The Hollywood Reporter revealed an exclusive scoop that 20th Century Studios is working on a reboot of The Maze Runner film series, although details are still very scarce.

And while we are aware that 20th Century Studios is still focused on “recycling” the assets it already has (both Avatar and Star Wars are part of their original brand, while the X-Men series has now passed over to the MCU, the new Planet of the Apes trilogy is moving forward, etc.), many fans and commentators were confused when this report came in for two reasons, mainly. Firstly, the franchise is relatively new (it’s been just six years!), so there doesn’t seem to be a need for a reboot at this point. Secondly, The Maze Runner, while overall successful, failed to hit the $1 billion mark with three movies, and the ratings were lower with each installment, so it didn’t seem like the series was a priority for 20th Century Studios. But it seems we were wrong.

The report says that the new films won’t be a reboot per se, but the studio has expressed its “hope is to make a sort of continuation of the story yet also return to the elements that made the first movie connect with its audience.” It seems that the reboot will be somewhat similar to the formula applied with the Planet of the Apes series, although we still have to wait until next week to see whether 20th Century Studios did well with the story.

As for other details, we know that Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of Gotham Group, as well as Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill, who produced the original trilogy, will be back to produce this series as well. On the other hand, Wes Ball, who directed the original trilogy, will also return, but as a producer. As for the other details, we know that 20th Century Studios is talking with Jack Paglen, who wrote Transcendence, to write the new movies. Whether that is a good thing or not is something we will leave to you to determine. The Maze Runner was a franchise that many younger fans loved originally, so we hope that whatever the studio has in the plan will be able to live up to that legacy.

This is definitely not the final piece of news we will get about The Maze Runner, so be sure to keep following us for all the updates, as we are going to bring them to you as soon as they arrive.

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