If you're an avid [The Maze Runner](tag:575895) fan, I've got great news for you. The next addition to the film series is set to drop in cinemas in September, 2015. This is the second film in the series, and [Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials](tag:1142567) is set to be even bigger than Maze Runner.
Now, it'll be pretty impossible for me to tell you exactly where we're starting in this new film. And that's because the last film didn't exactly follow the books. But just to keep you up to date, Thomas (played by Dylan O'Brien) and his friends Newt, Minho, Theresa and others have escaped the Maze. For those who haven't read the books, we don't know why they created the Maze, just that it was a trial for a larger picture. That's what we found out at the end of the first film.
So now Thomas and his friends are in a facility designed to keep them safe from a deadly disease caused by the Solar Flares aptly titled, the Flare, which turns it's victims into flesh-eating zombies and makes them forget about their humanity.
In the trailer, we see the gang escape this facility, and we see a character called Ratman played by Aidan Gillen (known for playing Petyr Baelish in [Game of Thrones](tag:201531)). We get the idea that he might be the antagonist - or one of them - and he warns the characters that they wouldn't last a day out in the Scorch. At this point, we don't really know what the Scorch is, we just know that it's basically the real world.
The trailer is pretty much a blur. We get snapshots of intense action choreography and some of Dylan O'Brien's sporadic running style, but apart from that, not much plot. For fans of the books, we get the long-awaited reveal of Brenda - a girl who lives in the Scorch - played by Rosa Salazar. Brenda in the books was the third piece of the puzzle for the love triangle between Thomas and Theresa, but considering the lack of love interestness between them, I doubt they're going ahead with it.
And if you've seen the first film, you might agree with me that this trailer looks entirely different to the aesthetic of the first film. Maze Runner was very green, and very grey. It was leafy and lush and very Hunger Games-esque. But this trailer is different. In the books the Scorch is described as a desert wasteland and from the looks of the trailer and other promotional photos, they've taken directly from the book cover art and other similar designs. These shots are exactly what the book showed on the cover and what it described. Derelict, sandy and windy. This film kind of has a Mad Max vibe going on, and I'm totally digging it.
We also get our first glance at an actual Crank. A Crank is what you call someone who's been infected with the Flare. And they're usually not all there. In this trailer they look like full on zombies, and I'll have to see how I feel about that, because in the books we get the idea that they're still at least a little bit human looking, but perhaps the film creators wanted to go for the fear-factor instead. Which I totally agree with.
This film will certainly be different from the book. I wish someone would have told me that the first time I went to see Maze Runner, because it was a great movie, but it strayed quite away from the events or character traits or even mentions in the books. I suppose not all books are destined to be great movies, some things have to change for that to happen, and I'm glad that they made those decision to change because the book series was excellent, and this film series will be too, but for different reasons. Because all though they're the same content, we should treat them as two separate adaptions, different interpretations that are no greater or worse than each other.
At least that's what I'm hoping for. Besides, this film as a great ensemble cast, a great leading man and woman and excellent sub characters as well as a kick-ass premise to go by. As the release date gets nearer, keep your eye out for any more releases of clips from the movie, because this is just the first trailer and we've only been given a tiny percentage of the information, so I'm sure it can only get better from here.
The Scorch Trials is set to be released on the 18th of September, 2015.