Twentieth Century Fox has now announced the release date for its book-to-screen adaptation of James Dashner's wildly popular The Maze Runner, and it looks like the studio will give a wide berth to its fellow YA dystopian cinema installments, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Divergent.
According to HitFix, Fox has booked The Maze Runner for a Feb. 14, 2014 release, which clears Lionsgate's Catching Fire (Nov. 22, 2013) by several months and precedes Summit Entertainment's Divergent (March 21, 2013) by more than a month.
Like The Hunger Games and Divergent, The Maze Runner centers on a post-apocalyptic world in which its protagonist, Thomas, is forced into a world of conflict.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
The Maze Runner is the first installment in Dashner's best-selling trilogy - followed by The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.
While no cast has yet been announced for the picture, Dashner himself recently confirmed via blog that casting process began in January.