Catherine Hardwicke's Latest Young Adult Lit Conquest: The Maze Runner

Teen angst has become something of a vocation for production designer-turned-director, Catherine Hardwicke, best known as the Twilight Saga's first filmmaker. Just think: Without Hardwicke, who made the inspired decision to cast Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, K-Patz might have been K-Ephron (as in Zac, who was also in the running to play Edward). Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

After wrapping up production on "Little Red Riding Hood", The Wrap reports that Hardwicke will take on another teen-centric  literary property, The Maze Runner, the first installment in James Dashner's popular sci-fi trilogy. The film, to be produced by Twentieth Century Fox, will center around a boy who awakens memoryless in The Glade, an alternate universe surrounded by a monster-ridden maze.

The Maze Runner, with its narrative about young protagonists solving puzzles with life-or-death consequences, has often been compared to The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' series in which teens are forced to fight to the death on reality television. "Seabiscuit" writer-director Gary Ross has been working on a big-screen adaptation of Games, due to start shooting in 2011. The Maze Runner has yet to hire a screenwriter (Hardwicke doesn't write her own material), much less nail down a potential start date. But the competition between these two young-adult phenoms will not be decided based upon which film reaches theaters first; but instead upon how well the filmmakers capture the originality and teen spirit of the novels. May the best (wo)man win.

Photo by Deana Newcomb, courtesy of Summit Entertainment.

  • Debbie

    I don't think she will ever top Twilight. I hope she doesn't write or do something that would come close to twilight because it will fail. Sad part about Twilight is that it will end and all we have it the memories.

    UNLESS now she DECIDES to ADD another part (hint hint) lol I would suggest something to do with Jacob. ( Im Team Edward of course).

  • Jen

    As a matter of fact, Hardwicke has written her own screenplay. She directed 'Thirteen' which she co-wrote with one of the stars of the film, Nicky Reed. That movie and 'Lirds of Dogtown' were both excellent films and, in my opinion, better than 'Twilight'. That said, I'm not sure that any other director would have done a better job with the 'Twilight' material. I'm I treated to see what she does with this new series.

  • Lola

    Hopefully not...-_- let's not have her ruining a book that's actually good this time. Yeah I liked Twilight once upon a time, but the movies killed it.

  • Sarah

    i agree with Lola, i hope she doesn't do another movie based off of a book, yeah she had good ideas, but since she didn't do New Moon and Eclipse they have been extraordinary. Twilight could have been so much better with the way that the novel set it up.

  • Rochelle

    i can't stand this lady!!! every time i see her she acts like an adult who still wants to be a teenager. she did not do twilight justice. i desperately hope she doesn't try and milk a romance out of this story because there simply isn't one. oh and PLEASE DON'T MAKE THE GLADERS 25 YR OLDS!!!

  • Katrina

    I really likedthe Maze Runner...I wasn't a big fan of the Twilight series (books&movies), so hopefully this movie will do the book justice and she will capture everything spot on.

  • July

    I'm so sad to hear she's directing the adaptation of Maze Runner, she did such a terrible job with Twilight.

  • Shannon

    The Maze Runner is a great, thrilling story and i'm excited to see it in theaters. Hunger Games would also make an admirable film, if you have the right talent. Good luck!