When it was released last summer, The Maze Runner was a surprise to many. Not only was it a hit, bigger than the much more expensive, much crappier Divergent, but it was actually good. (I read James Dashner’s dystopian young adult novel and remember not enjoying it, but thinking it would make a decent movie. And then it did, I’m like Nostradamus.) Profitable as it was, everyone wants a YA sci-fi franchise, and as such, the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, hits later this year and just dropped a new trailer. Check it out below.
The Scorch Trials opens up the world, taking the group of surviving boys, led by Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), and the one girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), out of the maze, revealing a charred, wasted world outside the walls. It expands the conflict and shows off more of the dystopian post-apocalyptic society, as well as exploring what happened in the first place, and how these kids help fix it.
This footage basically looks like nonstop action and peril, which is the formula laid out in the first movie. Here’s a quick synopsis:
In this next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hits theaters September 18.