Thursday, January 6, 2011

Maze Runner Takes Another Step Toward the Big Screen

The Los Angelese Times reported that like The Hunger Games, James Dasher's Maze Runner is poised to make the leap to the big screen. A film version is set up at Fox, and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) signed on a month ago to direct it. Now the project has hired a screenwriter: Noah Oppenheim. Noah is a former Today show producer and is writing the English-language version of the Swedish thriller Snabba Cash for Zac Efron.

Not all movie adaptations of publishing hits are successful (cough, The Golden Compass or Alex Rider, cough) and studios want to know that there's not only a built-in fan base but a viable way to tell the stories cinematically (and on a reasonable budget).

But oh, it could be SUCH a good movie if done correctly. Let's cross our fingers.

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