Screenwriter Nowlin to get solo credit for third movie
T.S. Nowlin, who co-scripted The Maze Runner and wrote the upcoming sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, has signed on to write the screenplay for the third movie, officially titled The Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
The Maze Runner novel was written by James Dashner and published in 2009. The Scorch Trials was published in 2010, and The Death Cure in 2011.
Due to the growing popularity of adapting young adult books into major feature films, despite many of them being box-office disappointments, 20th Century Fox’s gamble on The Maze Runner paid off. Director Wes Ball was able to successfully transfer the major plot of the story into a visually entertaining movie. And Nowlin was able to translate the dialogue from the page to the screen.
Because of that, the studio profited enough from the first one to move forward with the upcoming sequels.
T.S. Nowlin scripted The Maze Runner with Noah Oppenheim (Allegiant, Part 1) and Grant Pierce Myers. Nowlin also gets solo credit for The Scorch Trials, which is set to open in theaters September 18, 2015.
For now, there’s no word on if they’ll be splitting the third into two movies. Personally, I don’t see a need for that, but given the treatment of the third books of YA books (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent,) it shouldn’t be a surprise if they decided to go that route.
Let’s just hope they relent on this so that the film can actually maintain the action-packed feel it deserves.
The book series also includes the prequel The Kill Order, which takes place about 12-14 years before Thomas finds himself in the glade. And James is actually writing another prequel titled The Fever Code, but this time takes place after The Kill Order. On his blog, James wrote that it will focus on the main characters from the trilogy before and right up to Thomas entering the maze.
No word on whether the prequel books will be made into feature films.