- "There's more action, more excitement, and more spectacular effects in this thrilling new chapter of the epic MAZE RUNNER saga that's taking the world by storm! They may have escaped from the Maze, but Thomas and his fellow Gladers now face a greater challenge: searching for clues about the secret organization known as WCKD. Their journey leads them to the Scorch, a desolate wasteland filled with unimaginable dangers. The mystery deepens at every turn as the Gladers work together to discover their true purpose and to survive in this must-see electrifying adventure!"
- — Plotline from the dvd editon
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a film based on the 2010 novel The Scorch Trials written by James Dashner. The film was directed by Wes Ball and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Filming began on October 27, 2014 and ended on January 27, 2015. It was released on September 18, 2015. The film has a runtime of 132 minutes.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes place immediately after the previous installment. Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Arm, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD.
The film begins with a young boy, Thomas, taken in by Ava Paige and troops from the organization WCKD, alongside other abandoned children, after being dropped off by his mother for his own safety. Years later, shortly after being rescued from the maze, Thomas and the remaining Gladers - Newt , Minho, Teresa Agnes, Frypan, Winston, Tim and Jack are taken to a facility run by Mr. Janson. He explains that the facility is a safe haven, protecting them from WCKD, the Flare virus and the Cranks, and provides them clothes, food, and sanitation, where other survivors of multiple mazes are also present. Thomas becomes curious about their activities and manages to find out what is really happening behind the closed doors. With help from Aris Jones, the first maze survivor to end up in the facility, it is revealed that WCKD's leader, Dr. Ava Paige, is still alive and that Mr. Janson is working for WCKD, as they discuss about the experiment on the Immunes and that Janson has yet to find the Right Arm, a resistance group located at the mountains. The group, including Aris, but without Tim escapes the facility, as Janson orders his WCKD troops to track them down, where they find themselves in the deserted outside world - the Scorch.
The group arrive at an abandoned marketplace, where they first encounter the Cranks, humans zombified
by the Flare virus. In the process, Winston gets infected by one of them, and Jack is killed by another. When morning comes, they find the remains of the city in ruins and that WCKD is still searching for them. Winston's infection gets worse, forcing the rest of the group to leave him alone to die by shooting himself, preventing his transformation. The group continues to venture the desert until one night, while sleeping, Thomas wakes to discover a civilization off in the distance. As a thunderstorm emerges, they run to an abandoned facility to take shelter. Minho gets struck by the lightning on the way but survives. They manage to enter the place, only to find out that the facility was filled with chained Cranks. The group meets Brenda and Jorge, who lead a dangerous band of survivors and have used the Cranks as their own guard dogs. When the two find that the group had come from WCKD and is looking for the Right Arm, the two agree to take them to the Right Arm, abandoning their group of survivors. Moments later, WCKD, led by Janson, storms the place, only for the facility to be destroyed by Jorge's explosives, however, Thomas and Brenda are left behind as the rest have escaped with Jorge. Thomas and Brenda manage to escape the Cranks, only for Brenda to get infected by a Crank in the process. Thomas experiences a flashback of when he and Teresa were working for WCKD, in which Thomas tries to warn Teresa of WCKD's plans, only for the two to be separated by WCKD's troops. As Thomas and Brenda reunite with the rest of the group, Jorge interrogates Marcus, a survivor who secretly works for WCKD, into revealing the whereabouts of The Right Arm.
The group eventually arrive at The Right Arm's relief camps, where other innocent survivors are present, and are greeted by Vince, who leads the Right Arm and is in charge of deciding whether they can stay or not. As Brenda's infection gets worse, Vince threatens to shoot Brenda, only to be stopped by Mary Cooper, a former WCKD scientist who reveals that Thomas was their informant. As Mary halts Brenda's infection using an enzyme cure, Mary explains that the enzyme can only be harvested from an Immune's body, not manufactured, and that arguments over the methods of manufacturing the cure with Ava lead Mary's departure from WCKD. That evening, Teresa calls WCKD of her location, believing that WCKD's motivations are good, leading to an ambush by WCKD. Ava and Janson arrive and confront the Right Arm before WCKD troops captures survivors for experimentation, including Minho, while Janson shoots Mary dead. After Thomas and the Right Arm fend the WCKD troops off, Ava, Janson and Teresa retreat with their captured survivors. With only a fraction of survivors left at the site, Thomas plans an infiltration into WCKD and is determined to take them down, including Paige herself, to save his friends and save civilization, as his friends and the Right Arm agree to help and prepare to fight back.
- Dylan O'Brien as Thomas
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt
- Ki Hong Lee as Minho
- Kaya Scodelario as Teresa
- Rosa Salazar as Brenda
- Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge
- Aidan Gillen as A.D. Janson
- Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones
- Dexter Darden as Frypan
- Alexander Flores as Winston
- Barry Pepper as Vince
- Lili Taylor as Mary Cooper
- Patricia Clarkson as Ava Paige
- Alan Tudyk as Marcus
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Harriet
- Katherine McNamara as Sonya
- Kathryn Smith-McGlynn as Dr. Crawford
- Lora Martinez Cunningham as Thomas's mother
- Luke Gallegos as Young Thomas
- Matthew T. Metzler as Barkley
- Terry Dale Parks as Carl
- Tatanka Means as Joe
- Jeremy Beccera as Riley
- Jenny Gabrielle as Ponytail
- Bryce Romero as Jack
- Gary Hood as Tim
- On October 10, 2013, Deadline reported that 20th Century Fox exercised the option to buy The Scorch Trials for a film adaptation.
- On September 21, 2014, 20th Century Fox announced that the film adaptation of The Scorch Trials would premiere on September 18, 2015.
- Principal photography began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 27, 2014, and officially wrapped up on January 28, 2015.
- Originally titled: "The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials"
Differences Between Novel and Film
- Main article: The Scorch Trials book to film differences
- The main premise of the book is that the Gladers are forced by WICKED to participate in a second Trial, having to complete the task of reaching the other side of the Scorch. The main premise of the movie, however, is that the Gladers actually escape from WCKD and their experiments and end up out in the Scorch. As such, the titular trial is absent in the film, which as a whole is a very loose adaptation of the book.
- Following their escape from the Maze, the Gladers are not taken to a three-room building to recover from the maze, and prepare for the next assignment. Instead, they are taken to a rather large facility, where WCKD intends to perform experiments on them.
- The group traversing the Scorch in the film is much smaller, and consists of most named characters of the book.
- Unlike the book, Winston does not die in the thunderstorm, but instead is bitten by a Crank. He commits suicide before he can turn fully zombie-like.
- Also unlike the book, Teresa is not separated from the other Gladers long-term. She is briefly taken by WCKD, and rescued by the Gladers before escaping to the Scorch with them.
- There is no mention of different stages of the Flare. All victims encountered behave zombie-like.
- The The Right Arm and Vince do not make an appearance, nor are they mentioned until the The Death Cure, but both appear in the second movie. The Gladers overhear WCKD discussing the Right Arm, and cross the Scorch because they hope they will find shelter with them.
- Additionally, a character working for the Right Arm named Mary was created specifically for the movie franchise.
- In the movie, Jorge and Brenda are explicitly said to not have the Flare when they are encountered, and run a camp of survivors rather than a camp of Flare-victims. Their motivation for following the Gladers across the Scorch is that they also hope to find security from the Right Arm.
- Thomas is never shot in the shoulder in the film.
- Sonya and Harriet are not working with Teresa, but for the Right Arm instead.
- In the movie, Teresa betrays Thomas and the Gladers by giving away their location to WCKD, rather than luring only Thomas into a gas-chamber as she did in the book. Aris has no part in the betrayal.
- The book concludes with the Gladers completing their task and getting rescued by WICKED, before Thomas is separated from his friends. The movie ends with the Gladers and the Right Arm receiving a crushing defeat from WCKD, during which Minho is recaptured. The Gladers swear to free their friend from his imprisonment.
- In the book, Aris betrays Thomas and in the film he never betrays him.
- In the book 20 gladers survive after the Scorch and in the film it's 9.
- To be added.
- According to the cast, 'The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico which was mile high city. (It can get up to 8,000 ft above sea level)
- According to Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Dylan O'Brien are the fastest among the cast.
- Whilst doing a press tour for 'The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials', IGN pitted Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dexter Darden against each other to see who could run the farthest in the game 'Temple Run.' The results were as follows:
1st - Dexter Darden 2nd - Thomas Brodie-Sangster 3rd - Ki Hong Lee 4th - Kaya Scodelario 5th - Dylan O'Brien
- Billy is seen in the first movie with the other survivor but disappeared in the second one
20th Century Fox has confirmed that The Death Cure will be adapted in 2016 and with the screenplay written by T.S Nowlin who wrote the screeplays for both the first and second Maze Runner movies.
- Dylan O'Brien confirmed to reprise his role as Thomas in The Scorch Trials film. - Buzzfeed
- Rosa Salazar announced to play Brenda in The Scorch Trials film. - Hollywood Reporter
- Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito to play Jorge in The Scorch Trials film. - Entertainment Weekly
- Aidan Gillen announced to play Janson in The Scorch Trials film. - Hollywood Reporter
- 'Mud' Actor Joins 'Maze Runner' Sequel (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter
- Lili Taylor Joins Fox’s ‘The Maze Runner 2′ - Deadline
- ‘Maze Runner’ sequel nabs ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Nathalie Emmanuel - Hypable
- 20th Century Fox exercised the option to buy The Scorch Trials for a film adaptation. - Deadline
- 20th Century Fox announced The Scorch Trials film would premiere on September 18, 2015.- Twitter
- Scorch Trials begins filming - Twitter