Fox seems to be hopeful about their chances of launching a new long-standing movie franchise after The Maze Runner gets released in theaters later this month.

In recent years, several film adaptations of best-selling book series have failed to earn enough money at the box office to secure the production of sequels. The list of failed Young Adult adaptations includes sagas like The Mortal Instruments and Beautiful Creatures. They had popular young stars among their casts (Lily Collins, Nich Hoult, Jamie Campbell-Bower, etc.) and big fan-followings of the source material, but that didn’t seem to be enough to impress moviegoers.

On the other site, however, there are hugely successful film sagas like Twilight and The Hunger Games that can’t stop studios from hoping they may be able to produce the next big thing.

The latest studio to have a go at it is Fox, which will finally release the adaptation of The Maze Runner on September 19, after pushing it back seven months from an original February release date. The book written by James Dashner has produced to this day two sequels and one prequel, which would be enough material to produce a few more films. Now, even though how much of a success will The Maze Runner turn out to be at the box office is still uncertain for us, 20th Century Fox seems to be confident enough, as the second book in the series, The Scorch Trials, is already in pre-production.

The information was revealed by director Wes Ball in an interview with BuzzFeed.

“We’ve got stages, we’ve got crews coming in, Dylan [O’Brien] will be back in a few weeks, we’re building sets, and the script is being written,” The Maze Runner director said. “It’s a bit of a race this time because we’re cautiously optimistic, but we’re feeling excited we’re about to do something that’s way more sophisticated, way more grown up, and really set up a saga here.”

Since the plan has always been to create a long-lasting movie franchise, the final act of The Maze Runner was shot with this in mind, following the book closely to end in more of a cliff-hanger than a full-circle finale.

“It’s a ballsy ending, man, we don’t answer everything — but that’s the book,” said Ball. “Hopefully, they’ll want the next one because we pick up exactly where we left off; you could really watch the movies back to back and it would be one long story.”

We are definitely excited about the news, but this shouldn’t be taken as definite confirmation that the sequel will be made. The follow-up movie to The Mortal Instruments was already in pre-production when the film was released, but given its lack-luster performance the studio was forced to shut the production down and cancel the film.

In this case, nothing will be certain until the cameras are rolling, and there’s nothing else we can do besides waiting and hoping.

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