I had the chance to talk to The Maze Runner author James Dashner all about the film version of his book, which will hit theaters on September 19th, 2014. Yesterday I released the first part of this interview, which you can read HERE.
This is part two – don’t miss part one of this interview!
Did you get to see any of the death scenes in the movie?
Oh – I almost just said a huge spoiler! The death at the end of the book – so everyone knows – they filmed that the day after I left. Which was good and bad. I really wanted to see it, but now I’m kind of happy that I’ll be able to experience it for the first time when I see it on the big screen. Well, wherever I’ll get to see it the first time. Everyone says that the actor, who sadly dies in that scene, did an absolutely amazing job.
Did you have a specific scene that you were looking forward to seeing on screen?
The scene I was definitely looking forward to was the one where Thomas sees Minho and Alby, stuck in the maze, and he makes the decision to run out just as the doors are closing. That scene – I’ve seen a little glimpse of it, but even before then I was most excited to see that one.
Did you have a scene that you were afraid of them warping in the wrong direction?
The thing that I was most terrified about them adapting, easily, is how they would do the grievers. I love that they aren’t going to show anyone the grievers until the movie comes out! I’m just telling you that they are absolutely spectacular. They will blow your socks off, and they will terrify you! The absolute highest hopes I could possibly have even dared to have, they’ve exceeded them. The grievers are amazing.
I’ve heard that Jacob Latimore’s role is somewhat expanded, can you tell us about what his role is?
Yeah! There is a character in the book named Jeff, who is med-jack, and it’s a very small part in the book. We were just really lucky to get Jacob Latimore, who is a rising star. So everyone agreed that we wanted him to be more present in the movie. He’s one of the Gladers that is present in most of the scenes. He actually has a really cool scene, but I won’t tell you what happens because it would be a spoiler! You’ll definitely get a good glimpse of him in the movie.
I know there is a lot of dystopian Young Adult out there right now, but what makes The Maze Runner different?
One is that the main protagonist is a male, a boy, while a lot of recent young adult book leads are girls. I think it’s just different – it’s not this future world where there’s an evil government, repressing the people and people are forced to do this, forced to do that. It’s more that the world is in really crappy shape, and these teenagers are thrown into this experiment. Instead of killing each-other, or competing against each-other, they have to work together to figure out a way to get out. Then, just the scope of the story behind the scenes is slowly revealed to the audience. I just think it has a special feel to it that makes it stand out. Especially, with how awesome the cast is, and the director. I don’t know, I just have a very good feeling about it!
Did you agree with the choice of bringing newcomer, Wes Ball, onto this project for his first feature film?
Absolutely! It’s just the perfect scenario, because Wes has been getting a ton of buzz for a few years. People know that he has a great vision, and he’s finally getting his first chance at a major film. It’s cool because he has every incentive in the world, potentially the start of his amazing career, and this is his chance to prove himself. So I have every confidence that he’s going to throw his whole heart and soul into it. Just seeing what he’s capable of now, first hand, I’m telling you he’s going to get a lot of kudos for this film.