Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is a glader. He was brought into the mysterious Maze to join Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), and female glader Teresa (Kaya Scodelario).
After escaping and discovering the organisation known as WCKD is responsible for the Maze, the group learn of the existence of a disease called the Flare, which has wiped out most of the human population and turned the rest into zombies. WCKD have been using the kids from the Maze, who are immune to the Flare, to create an antidote.
In Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Thomas has escaped the grasp of WCKD, and must rescue his friends and work to save Teresa before she is manipulated by the corporation. But who can he really trust?
Director Wes Ball has helmed all three of the young adult films, and as such feels a sense of closure with this grand finale.
“Each movie has been very different from the other,“ says Ball. “The first movie was its own unique, contained thriller, and the second movie was a journey movie as the characters set out to find their place in this wrecked world. This third movie is a heist movie where they’re on a mission to rescue their friend Minho, which means breaking into this fortress. All hell will break loose as they attempt to do so, and all of the characters will bump up against obstacles and face new perspectives on what they think about the world. It makes for an interesting drama on top of the action-adventure element that we’ve been known for in these movies.”
Having guided the Maze Runner saga from the start with a clear vision, the director is able to provide a sense of continuity that other film franchises may lack.
“I hope there is some element of consistency of tone, and an understanding of story, and maybe some defining taste that overarches the entire series,” he says.
Ball refers to each of his films as ‘distinct animals’. “Hopefully it all connects together as a single whole story and they’re not just sequels. They are stories being told in a saga form, so I think that we’re all proud that the three movies all work together to be enjoyed as one for the fans.”
For those eager for even more Maze Runner, Ball promises The Death Cure‘s home entertainment release will come loaded with bonus features.
“We have a lot of great extras including some great gag reel stuff, as we always have a ton of fun on these movies. We’ve also got some really great deleted scenes with Newt [and some others] that didn’t make it into the cut just for run time reasons, but they’re great scenes. I can’t wait for fans to check them out.”
Did You Know?
- Filming on the first Maze Runner required the hiring of snake wranglers to make sure the location was snake-free – they found 25 snakes!
- Director Wes Ball originally pitched Maze Runner as ‘Lord of the Flies meets Lost’
- Nathalie Emmanuel, Aidan Gillen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster have all appeared on Game of Thrones but only met while filming Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials