Exclusive Comic-Con Interview with THE MAZE RUNNER Author James Dashner

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James Dashner was at Comic-Con this year for his 2nd venture into the crazy convention.  I was able to snag a few minutes with him to talk about The Maze Runner movie and a little bit about the main character in his upcoming book, The Eye of Minds.

I attended the Maze Runner Conversation for a Cause even at the Nerd HQ the day before, so I was fortunate enough to be one of the 250 people that were there to see the raw footage of the movie, as well as ask Dylan O’Brien the first question during the panel.

The Maze Runner at NerdHQ 2013James did note before we got started on the interviewing part, that he actually had more questions directed to him than to Dylan (His agent told him that most questions would probably be fielded to the Teen Wolf star.  But this was a Maze Runner panel, after all).

What I’ve found about James is that he’s just an all around amazing (fan)guy, with a fondness for movies and the word “amazing”, and he’s probably one of my favorite authors to have ever chatted with.

In regards to the raw footage that was shown during the panel, he apparently was just as floored as I was, and probably everyone else, too.

Oh man! I saw about half of what you guys saw about a week before you did, so half- this is a terrible way to put this… it’s like the thing Bilbo says in Lord of the Rings- half of what you saw, I was seeing for the first time.

[Don’t worry, I got what he meant.]

So, sitting up there, I don’t know if people could tell, but I got emotional.  I was fighting back tears.  The fact that it was so raw, it’s literally just the initial filming – there’s no special effects whatsoever yet, except they did add the wall to that one scene.  I just- it’s just blowing me away.  I cannot believe how much they’ve captured my vision.

So, was it as you expected or more than you expected as far as how it look?  Because to me it was more than what I had imagined.

That’s an interesting way to put it, because it is more than I imagined, which, this sounds dumb, but I mean that is obviously a good thing.  It’s almost like, I get this feeling that the movie is going to be better than the book.  (we both laugh at the prospect)  I’m so thrilled with it, it’s like his vision for this movie is just incredible.

I, like you, was flipping out over the raw footage of The Maze Runner.  I seriously almost cried.  I don’t cry during trailers, as much as I love the books, but something about the way that the actors portrayed the characters, there was not a lot of dialogue in that footage, but what you saw was the emotion.

You just nailed what struck me.  I have yet to see, on film, a word of dialogue because they haven’t done sound editing yet.  Everything has just been footage with music added, which is amazing because I have seen more emotion and acting and feeling and all that without any dialogue.  I can’t imagine when they add the dialogue.  I have a really strong feeling that this movie is going to be special.

Being that James had only visited the set twice and had only spent a day and a half there during actual filming, it probably wasn’t fair to ask for his opinion of the actors’ performances, but he did note a couple of people that stuck out for him while he was there, and what stuck out to him in general.

Well, first of all, it blew me away on two different fronts.  I love movies, as anyone knows who follows me, so just to be on a movie set and see them actually filming scenes – by itself, was just special.  Like, crazy amazing for me.  And then you throw in this little thing that it’s my book, it’s like a double whammy.  I almost couldn’t handle it.

tmr-gally-character-chat-croppedI was really struck by Will Poulter [Gally], mainly because he’s the one that I saw do more of an individual thing, and it was pretty brief, but it was amazing.  And then the majority of what I saw was actually Patricia Clarkson, the Oscar nominee who’s playing Ava Paige.  I cannot overstate how lucky we were to get her into the movie, so her appearance in the first movie will be pretty brief, but absolutely spectacular.  She really adds a lot, and seeing her film her scenes was… amazing.  How many times have I used the word ‘amazing’?  I need to think of another one.

I suggested various comparable adjectives, which we chuckled over and to which he’d said he’d use in the future.

Read more on the interview after the jump!

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THE MAZE RUNNER Cast Member Tweets – Will Poulter

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Will Poulter gives us non-spoiler updates, shows how much he loves his co-stars by eating ice cream with them, watching Teen Wolf with them, and even calling them his “babies.”  He also gives a little #changebrazil support along with Kaya and Dylan.  And he got us all excited about Grievers!

 

 

 

5 Things About THE MAZE RUNNER Star Dylan O’Brien

Here’s some interesting facts about Dylan O’Brien, who’ll play Thomas, that you might not have known.  Read on!

5) Dylan grew up in New York City, and later moved to Hermosa Beach, Calif. with his family at the age of 12, according to IMDB. His father is a cinematographer and his mother is a former actress.

4) He’s a budding movie star. After nabbing roles in The First Time, The High Road and The Maze Runner, Dylan is starring in the upcoming comedy flick The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, and reportedly is in talks to star in the time travel thriller Glimmer, according to Deadline.

3) Before he landed his Teen Wolf starring role, Dylan had a YouTube channel full of videos that he produced. He originally wanted to become a cinematographer and attend film school at Syracuse University.

2) Although he had no intentions of pursuing acting when he produced those videos, his YouTube Channel led him to a role on a web series, and he met an actor on set who sent his videos to a management company. After signing with that company, he eventually nabbed an audition for Teen Wolf, he told Teentelevision.com.

1) He and co-star Tyler Posey are buddies on and off the set and have jam sessions from time to time. Dylan, who told Teentelevision.com music is a “huge part of his life,” grew up playing piano and guitar, but says drums are his main love.

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Well, it goes to show you that if you put yourself out there, via YouTube or whatever other social media, good things could come of it.  Of course, it’s still a rare thing to happen, but still, it’s nice to know that it can.

via Cambio.

Dylan O’Brien in “The Internship”

You may already know that Dylan O’Brien is on a slightly popular MTV TV series called “Teen Wolf“, however, if you want to see what he looks like on the big screen, you can check him out in the upcoming comedy, “The Internship“.  The movie stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two above-average-age interns at Google.  They end up being stuck with a group of bottom-of-the-barrel types, one of them being Dylan’s character, Stuart (I don’t know how that works).

You can check out the trailer below.

The Internship comes out June 7, 2013.

Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien is Our Thomas for ‘The Maze Runner Movie’

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Just announced earlier today is that we now know who will be playing the lead role of Thomas in The Maze Runner Movie.  Although he goes by the name of Stiles in MTV’s Teen Wolf, 21-year-old Dylan O’Brien may have to tone down on the sarcasm, or at least the constant joker attitude his MTV character tends to make for the more serious, darker tone of the Maze Runner storyline.

If you’ve seen Teen Wolf, then you’ll know that Dylan can play serious when the scene calls for it, and heartbreakingly so at times, so this role could be something really good for him to expand on that side more.  As himself, he does have a playful attitude and fun to be around.   Check out some of the pictures of him and co-star Tyler Posey from this year’s WonderCon after the jump:

Wes Ball is directing the sci-fi pic adapted from James Dashner’s novel trilogy, with a script by Noah Oppenheim, redrafted by Grant Myers and then T.S. Nowlin. Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are also set for the pic which films in May in Baton Rouge ahead of a February 14, 2014 release date. O’Brien starred in last year’s Sundance pic The First Time and will next be seen in Fox’s June 7 comedy The Internship opposite Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. He is repped by WME Entertainment, Principal LA and Attorney Jamie Feldman.

What do you think of Dylan playing Thomas?  What do you think of the casting so far?  Comment below!

via Deadline.com.