With the second instalment of of James Dashner‘s apocalyptic YA series hitting UK cinemas next month, we have been left in doubt over who will direct the feature. No longer however, as Variety reports that Wes Ball, director of the first two entries to the franchise, will complete the Maze Runner cycle. The visual affects artist made his directorial debut with The Maze Runner, which despite a mixed critical reception grossed well over $300 million worldwide. The film, set in a post-apocalyptic future, combines elements familiar to a YA audience with a minimalist aesthetic and slow-narrative pacing, often drawing comparisons to William Golding‘s classic novel, Lord of the Flies.
The confirmation of Ball’s influence on the project is great news for fans of a franchise often seen as the underdog of young adult adaptations. The second instalment, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will be hitting cinemas of October 10, and stars Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.