Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Narrowly Avoids an R-Rating, Wes Ball to Return for Death Cure

Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 11:23AM
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Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 11:23AM
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Narrowly Avoids an R-Rating, Wes Ball to Return for Death Cure
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials comes out this weekend, but the cast and crew have already hit the ground running for the final installment of the series, The Death Cure. Wes Ball, who directed the first two films, has been confirmed to return for the adaptation of the final novel in James Dashner's trilogy.

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"Ultimately our goal is to create an awesome three-movie trilogy," Ball told Variety. "Not many people have done that and now I have the opportunity to do that. I am directing the third film and we've already been busy preparing and working on the final conclusion of this saga."
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Ball's statements also confirm that, in a refreshing change of pace from Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and probably every YA adaptation to come, The Death Cure won't be split into two movies. I'm happy about that, as the first installment of the two-parter always feels like it's spinning its wheels, and the Maze Runner novels probably have just about enough for one movie each.

Ball also revealed that The Scorch Trials barely escaped an R-rating as a result of its "visceral" and "in-your-face" horror scenes. Where the antagonists of the first film, the robotic spider-like Grievers, were a little more cartoonish, the villains of the sequel are plague-infected, zombie-like humans called "Cranks," which play on much more deep-seated fears.

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"It's still an adventure movie, but there are a few action sequences that are on the edge of being horror," the director told THR, adding that he took inspiration from sci-fi classics 28 Days Later and I Am Legend. "I certainly didn't make it as a YA thing, I just made it as a movie, and young people are in it."
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"It's scarier than the first one - the second act is like a horror movie," said star Dylan O'Brien.
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"[The Cranks were] way darker and scarier than we ever thought it would be," said Dexter Darden, who plays Frypan. "Even though we know they're stunt guys, they're still horrifying."
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But our favorite characterization came from Rosa Salazar, who plays Brenda and is a self-proclaimed horror fan. "They're f*cked up."

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"With YA, we gotta keep finding things that are original," said producer Wyck Godfrey. "They want things that are as dangerous and as scary as they can get, and still be allowed to go see the movie. Our audience from last year has grown up a little bit, so they need a little bit more of a grown-up movie."
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The young cast members are fully in support of this more grown-up aesthetic, with Thomas Brodie-Sangster claiming that the dark content is "giving teens the respect they deserve."

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"We're so stuck in our ways as a society, especially in Hollywood," said Kaya Scodelario. "I like that we're doing something different, and if that pisses some people off, then I like it even more."
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials comes out tomorrow, September 18, while The Death Cure is slated to hit theaters on February 17, 2017.
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