It's a long standing tradition for Young Adult movies, since the days of Harry Potter, to split the last book in a series into two cash-grabbing pointless films. 9/10 it is not necessary, and yet we've seen it done time and time again, and the funny thing? They NEVER give the movie's cool names. We get lumped with a lame "Part 1" and "Part 2".
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
[The Hunger Games](movie:44466) : Mockingjay Part 2
Really? The titles are practically longer than the actual movies.
With 2014's "The Maze Runner" shooting to success and garnering positive reviews, a sequel was confirmed in the form of "The Scorch Trials" - based upon the second book in the series.
According to Author, James Dashner, the second movie borrows a little from the plot of The Death Cure (the third and final book),
However, as much as that may irk you, this news brings with it, information on the CONFIRMED third movie - featuring the same name as the book.
"The Death Cure" will be the third and FINAL film in "The Maze Runner" series, meaning that there will be ONE final movie, instead of TWO.
Yes, you read that right, according to Collider, "The Death Cure" is NOT being split into two movies. Diverting from what has become the norm for Young Adult movies, the third and final installment in the franchise, will be just that, sticking to its guns of falling away from the cliched Young Adult movie, and continuing to create its own path.
Well, if they're borrowing plotlines and plot points from the third book, it can only be my assumption, that they are then leaving themselves with less to adapt in way of the third movie, hence it NOT being split into two.
We know there were some changes made in the first film - Teresa and Thomas not communicating telepathically among other things - and we can only expect that some of these changes affected the storyline of "The Scorch Trials", leading to them borrowing plot points from "The Death Cure".
Without knowing exactly what plot points they're shifting forward from the third book to the second movie, it's hard to speculate where the direction of the third movie will go, but Dashner has written two prequels for the series, "The Kill Order" and an upcoming prequel - whether or not they are able to borrow points from the prequel to fill up the last movie - or whether or not they would even want to, is unknown. However, the changes in the first movie, definitely shake things up, and there's no denying that certain plot points are going to have to be shifted around a little to accomodate the changes made.
However, it's safe to say that we can rejoice in the knowledge that it is NOT being split into TWO pointless movies!