Godfrey, along with producing partners Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lee Stollman and Marty Bowen adapted “The Maze Runner” into a movie and sprints into an endless exciting labyrinth with a pool of talented young cast headed by Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Will Pouter, Blake Cooper, Dexter Darden, Jacob Latimore and Chris Sheffield.
To faithfully adapt the novel to the screen, the studio turned to Temple Hill Entertainment producer Wyck Godfrey, who enjoyed tremendous success with the Twilight film series and "The Fault In Our Stars." Godfrey credits his sons Wyatt and Hudson for making him aware of the Maze Runner book series. “I immediately said yes when 20th Century Fox came to me with the opportunity because my kids will finally be happy I’m making a movie that works for them,” he says.
To capture the big-screen expectations of The Maze Runner’s dedicated fans, the production turned to first-time feature film director Wes Ball. Ball’s only previous directorial effort was Ruin, a seven-minute CGI animated short that had become an online phenomenon. Ball says, “I have a small visual effects company and I decided that after a couple years of doing other people’s work, I wanted to do something for myself. I closed up shop and made Ruin. I put it online and it just kind of exploded through Twitter.”
When the Studio suggested he read The Maze Runner, Ball knew it would be his next project. “I had this really strong image of what it looks like inside the Glade, which I saw as a raw, edgy, blown out, and naturalistic environment with imposing concrete walls surrounding it. I realized that it was a world I wanted to live over the next few years.”
Ball and Godfrey began putting together the project’s myriad elements. Godfrey remembers, “The one thing that blew me away when I first sat down with Wes Ball was that his concept of the Maze went beyond anything I’d imagined.”
Dare to enter the Glade when “The Maze Runner” opens on September 17 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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