James Dashner shared some details about his recent visit to the set of The Maze Runner inlcuding seeing the Glade, meeting the crew, and finally feasting his eyes on a griever!
On seeing the Glade for the first time:
First, and the most surreal, one of the greatest moments of my life: The Glade.
One of my favorite things about this trip was that everyone referred to the Glade as the Glade. Not the set, or anything else. The Glade. Like it was a real place, which upon visiting, it feels just like that. The crew members (and there are many, literally hundreds, who are working on this movie) are doing an excellent job of making it come to life.
I can’t really say much. A film crew followed us around the whole day, so there’ll be a point where you get to experience what I experienced. But it was just flat-out awesome. Wes gave me a tour of the Glade, leading me from one giddy moment to the next. I loved his enthusiasm.
Dashner also shared (sort of)one of his favorite things from the set:
Then it was off to a huge warehouse where they’ve set up a studio to film the scenes inside the Maze itself. Again, my book come to life. I can’t say enough about the crew for this film. They just kept blowing me away. One of my favorite things: something you’ll see inside the Map Room. I’d give one of my kids away to show you a picture! But alas, I can’t.
And just how scary those grievers are:
Wes gave me a tour of his office, where each wall is covered with concept art for the film. Once again he displayed that kid-in-a-candy-store enthusiasm, describing scenes, showing off the Grievers, telling me how his vision for the movie will come to life. I loved every minute of this. And let me tell you this: the Grievers are going to terrify audiences worldwide. Their transformation to a cinematic experience on the big screen will be perfect. Bigger and nastier.
Anyone else relieved to find out that the grievers are really terrifying? It sounds like they are going to translate very well to film and this, to me, is incredibly good news! Also, any ideas about what it is we’ll see in the Map Room that is so extraordinary? All the suspense!
Dasher also mentions in his blog post that Random House launched a James Dashner Facebook page, so make sure you give it a like!
Visit James’ blog for his complete set visit rundown!