When the Harry Potter franchise split J.K. Rowling's final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two movies, it started a trend that continued in similar franchises such as Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent. One young adult franchise that will not be following in those footsteps is The Maze Runner, according to director Wes Ball.
During an interview with Digital Spy, the filmmaker, who is currently prepping his sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, revealed that he won't turn the last book in author James Dashner's trilogy, Death Cure into a two-part finale, stating "there is something off" about turning one book into two movies.
"I think three is the number; beginning, middle, end, that's it. Four? I think there's something off about four. For me, if I have any say in it, there's three movies basically. We're not going to [split a book in two], no way. I think three movies is the right number, Star Wars!"
Of course, this type of decision is typically not one for the director to make, and we won't know for sure until sometime next year. However, while massive books like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (759 pages) lend itself to a two-part finale, the final Maze Runner book Death Cure is only 336 pages. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hits theaters on September 18, 2015, and if 20th Century Fox keeps their current pace, Death Cure will likely be arrive in theaters in the fall of 2016.
It's worth noting that James Dashner has written a prequel novel to The Maze Runner entitled The Kill Order, with a follow-up to that book entitled The Fever Code set to be published in 2016.
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