‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Offers Proper Send-Off To Characters


Maze Runner: The Death Cure infamously became a troubled production following the serious injury of lead actor Dylan O’Brien during a stunt that went horribly wrong and a significant delay to the movie’s filming. Thankfully, O’Brien and the others have finished the film without much issue following his recovery, and one of his co-stars explains that the movie will offer a great send-off to these characters.

Kaya Scodelario, who portrays Teresa Agnes in all three of the Maze Runner movies, recently spoke to Screen Rant in an interview about where the story is headed in the final installment to the trilogy:

“We just wrapped filming [Maze Runner: The Death Cure]. And I think we are really saying a great goodbye to these characters and we are tying up all the loose ends. This is a rescue mission movie. They want to catch Minho. They are breaking into W.C.K.D and we are kind of trying to understand the decision Teresa did in the last movie. That she is not just a betrayer.”

That seems like quite a bit to resolve in one movie on top of everything else that the story needs to do, but it seems as though Twentieth Century Fox was wise to not split the young adult adaptation into two films, as that was a decision that backfired tremendously with Lionsgate’s Divergent series when the intended “Part One” adaptation of the last book flopped and has left an adaptation of “Part Two” in jeopardy. In any case, the Maze Runner franchise as a whole seems to have become something of a cult classic, and it’s possible that the final film in the series will bring the franchise’s total worldwide revenue in ticket sales to over a billion dollars.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure will arrive on February 9, 2018. The film’s cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Lofland, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Rosa Salazar, and Patricia Clarkson.

Source: Screen Rant

Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That…


As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.

Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).

Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.

For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.

  • Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to TerabithiaCharlotte’s Web, The Host

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