If you didn’t like the direction that Catherine Hardwicke gave in the first installment of The Twilight Saga, get over it because she’s back for more. Not only did she bring those sparkling vampires into our lives (thanks a lot Stephenie Meyer) she also directed the upcoming dark and sexy revamp Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried. Now according to The Playlist, her next project will be the feature adaptation of another novel, The Maze Runner.
The Maze Runner synopsis via Amazon:
Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in “the glade” for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys. Thomas is a likable protagonist who uses the information available to him and his relationships (including his ties to the girl, Teresa) to lead the Gladers.
Hardwicke’s rep confirmed to the site that she would be helming the film and we’re pretty terrified of what she’s going to do with it. We liked Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown was cool but ever since then she’s been slipping. The Running Maze is just one in a series of books from author James Dasher who recently revealed that he’d just turned in the manuscript for the final book “The Death Cure.”
Fox will distribute the film and more than likely make it a tentpole.
What do you think of Hardwicke directing The Maze Runner? Have you read the book?