This weekend’s box office was topped by The Maze Runner, director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s novel about a group of teenagers trapped in a mysterious labyrinth, and the film’s successful premiere was followed by confirmation of a sequel on the way next year — as well as some impressive concept art for the next installment of the series.
The Maze Runner raked in a modest $81.5 million worldwide at theaters over its opening weekend, which may not seem all that amazing by current box-office standards, but it’s more than enough to consider the first film in the planned trilogy — made for just $34 million — a certified success. After the box-office reports were finalized, 20th Century Fox announced that the sequel to The Maze Runner would arrive in theaters a year from now.
The Scorch Trials is scheduled to hit theaters September 18, 2015, and the studio accompanied the announcement with a piece of concept art promoting the film. The art depicts a group of teenagers trekking across a post-apocalyptic landscape.
Saying anything more about the plot of The Scorch Trials — or even the second book’s synopsis — would likely spoil The Maze Runner for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, so we’ll leave it at that. However, if The Scorch Trials does well in theaters, fans can expect to see the third story in Dashner’s trilogy, The Death Cure, also geta big-screen adaptation.