Director Wes Ball recalled his Lego days when constructing The Maze Runner

September 18, 2014 10:48 AM

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Say that The Maze Runner was a runaway hit young adult novel and you will already have a fair idea of what's going on. Kids who have to fend for themselves in a wild place; a dictatorial system wielding unfathomable power for its own, adult purposes; the doom that looms. These days, the best dystopias are to be found in young adult fiction and, inevitably, the film adaptations have followed: The Hunger Games, Divergent, even the Twilight series in its own, rather soppier way, can be read as parables of how adults have failed.

Wes Ball, a well-regarded deviser of visual effects, was chosen by Fox to adapt the first book in James Dashner's Maze Runner trilogy: he was inspired a little less by those teen movies than the meticulously catalogued videos of his childhood. Ball grew up in rural Florida, an hour away from a cinem...

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