Alums make #1 Box Office Movie

The feature film The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, directed by FSU Film School alum Wes Ball (BFA ’02), and written by T.S. Nowlin (BFA ’05), led the North American box office its opening weekend, after premiering domestically September 18. The film is a sequel to The Maze Runner, which opened at number one the same time last year. The Scorch Trials opened overseas earlier in the month, where it's been outpacing the first film in some markets, including Korea, where The Maze Runner was also a huge hit.

Ball is already set to direct and Nowlin to write the third and final film in the series, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure. That film will open in February of 2017. “We are setting up a lot of things that aren’t necessarily apparent in the second movie, but it will pay off big time in the third movie,” says Ball. “So that has been my approach and I’m glad that I can finish the series. I’m lucky and thankful that they asked me to direct all three films."

Released by Twentieth Century Fox, and in a post-apocalyptic setting, The Maze Runner films are based on a young adult book series by author James Dashner. It follows Thomas, the leader of a group of boys who must navigate a maze as part of a mysterious test in the first film (and book), but who escape into a post-apocolyptic world in the second, on the run from an organization they fear will kill them for a cure to the disease that decimated the Earth's population.