The first concept art illustration for The Maze Runner shows just how daunting this maze known as The Glade really is. Wes Ball is directing this adaptation of James Dashner's young adult novel, which centers on a group of kids who find themselves transported to this maze, with no clue on why they are there, or how they can get out. Check out the image, then read on for more details from director Wes Ball.

<strong><em>The Maze Runner</em></strong> Concept Art

First-time director Wes Ball, who previously worked in special effects on films such as Beginners, said he created this image primarily for his own benefit.

"It was for me, really. I like writing images. I started daydreaming about what it's like to be at those doors and looking up at those walls."

The story centers on Dylan O'Brien's Thomas, who awakens inside an elevator that takes him to The Glade, where he finds a group of kids his own age trapped in this maze as well. Here's what Wes Ball had to say about the story's opening moments.

"The doors open and deposit him in this rustic, idyllic place surrounded by walls on all sides. He is just one of many boys who have come up once a month in the last three years. They have been trying to figure out how the hell to get out of this place and deal with the maze beyond the walls. The doors open in the morning and the boys have to get back before they close because nobody survives a night in the maze."

Thomas' curious nature may be what gets this group out of The Glade alive, according to Wes Ball.

"Thomas is the boy who takes that step forward when everybody else takes a step back. He's curious. That's partly perceived as a threat, but it actually may be the thing that gets him out."

Production is scheduled to begin later this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.