Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the Scorch!
In 2014, avid fans of The Maze Runner series and moviegoers got to see the first in a planned trilogy of films, based upon the best-selling books by James Dashner. Starring Teen Wolf actor Dylan O'Brien in the titular role as Thomas, the film followed the too-curious-for-his-own-good Greenie, as he found himself trapped in the middle of a giant Maze with a bunch of other kids, too scared to venture beyond the walls of the Glade. When Teresa, the first and only girl, arrived at the Glade dazed and disorientated, but recognizing Tommy, things took a dramatic turn for the worse.
The kids fought their way out of the Maze, battling the deadly creatures known as Grievers that lurked beyond the walls of the Maze, and with Tommy as their leader, made it out. There were a good few casualties along the way, most notably and painfully, Alby - former leader of the Gladers, and one of the oldest and first to be there, and Chuck - the adorable kid with a wild imagination who had taken a liking to Thomas, seeing him as something of an older brother figure. The kids thought they'd found their way out, thought all their problems were over, only to discover the true state of the world that they must now live and survive in, and the deadly virus known as "The Flare".
Now, the kids find themselves in an entirely different, and all together more dangerous situation. With the release of The Scorch Trials, the remaining Gladers will face some of their toughest problems yet, all at the hands of the evil (wink, wink book fans) organisation known as WCKD (or Wicked).
In the Glade, they had food, water, a place to sleep, and for the most part, providing they stayed inside the Glade, safety and security. Out in the Scorch, there is no food, there is no water. There is no place for them to sleep, and feel safe and secure. Out in the Scorch, the Glader's will have to endure their biggest test yet. Unlike the Maze, there is no option to live through the Scorch, their only option is to survive it.
Director, Wes Ball has spoken extensively about the scale of this film, and how much different it is to the first. What book fans also know is that there are to be some significant changes within this movie. Speaking to MTV, the Director had this to say:
"We didn't approach this as a straight adaptation of the second book. We approached it more as using the same ingredients but using slightly different recipe. So things from the first book end up in the second movie and there are things in the second book we're saving for a third movie."
He's also stated that they approached the making of the final two films differently, almost combining the last two books, and then splitting that as necessary for the final two films. This can be seen in the trailer, where elements from the last novel, The Death Cure, are evident within the trailer.
Whilst discussing filming techniques, the Director also discussed how different the scenes were from the first film, in how they look, feel and were shot.
"We're not doing a lot of movie lighting, it's just flashlights, and it just makes it terribly scary to go out into the open world... giant desert with sand dunes swallowing the whole world, basically."
Filming has officially wrapped for The Scorch Trials, but it seems as though the cast may have lived The Scorch Trials as well as film it! Check out this BTS video, for a closer look at the movie.
And if that's not enough for you, you can check out main cast members Dylan O'Brien and Ki-Hong Lee, watching the trailer and basically fangirling over their own movie. Because yeah, it looks THAT good.