April 13, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan O’Brien is in talks to join Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. That’s the Summit Entertainment pic based on the infamous 2010 BP oil-rig explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico that killed 11 people and gushed oil into the water for 87 days. O’Brien will play Caleb Holloway, the youngest crew member, who survives but is devastated to have lost a majority of his crew.

O’Brien has developed a fervent fan base from his turn as Stiles on MTV’s Teen Wolf. In a short time, he has launched himself to blockbuster status. His feature debut was in Matt Walsh’s 2011 comedy High Road as a teenager who is kidnapped by a pot dealer. Last fall, he exploded in 20th Century Fox’s feature adaptation of the YA novel The Maze Runner, which opened to No. 1 at the domestic B.O. with $32.5M, ultimately grossing $102.4M stateside and $340.8M worldwide.

O’Brien stars in the sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials which is scheduled to bow September 18.

Back in January, Berg, who previously worked with Wahlberg on Lone Survivor, replaced director J.C. Chandor on Deepwater Horizon. Berg also worked with the project’s screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan on another feature he helmed, The Kingdom. Participant Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s of Di Bonaventura Pictures are producing. Deepwater Horizon will bow on September 30, 2016.

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April 13, 2015

We’ve always known Dylan O’Brien was going to be a big (read: HUGE) star, but now he has the three Golden Popcorns to prove it. *~one thousand clapping emojis~*

On Sunday night (April 12), the “Maze Runner” star walked away with the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. He beat out Ansel Elgort (“The Fault In Our Stars”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) for the coveted Golden Popcorn, which we’re sure will stand proudly next to his “I Heart Sterek” teddy bear. (Not that we’ve seen the inside of his apartment or anything. That would be weird.)

But that’s not all. O’Brien also took home the Movie Award for Best Fight, which he’ll share with last year’s Breakthrough Performance winner Will Poulter.

Did you think that was it? Because it’s not. Our boo O’Brien is taking home still ANOTHER Golden Popcorn for Best Hero after wracking up more than 8.4 million votes online, narrowly defeating Trailblazer Award recipient Shailene Woodley. And fans have officially lost their chill.

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March 11, 2015

Over the last four seasons, the impossibly attractive high school heroes of Teen Wolf have squared off with werewolf hunters, a vengeful kanima, one seriously evil grandfather, a deadly pack of Alphas, ancient assassins, the nightmarish Nogitsune, werejaguars, banshees, Berserkers, a wendigo, and, of course, The Benefactor.

But, according to executive producer Jeff Davis, facing those supernatural baddies pales in comparison to the terror Scott and his pack feel in Season 5 about what happens to them after high school graduation.

“There’s this strange thing: For some reason when you graduate high school, you leave all your best friends — why do you do that? There’s a moment in the first episode where Stiles asks that question aloud. He says, ‘If we’ve met the best people in our lives, why aren’t we trying to stay with them? Why do we try and go our separate ways?’ That’s the big fear of Season 5: Who’s going to go away?” Davis told BuzzFeed News during a recent visit to the Teen Wolf set in Van Nuys, California. “Much of the previous seasons were about Scott finding and building a pack; this is going to see him possibly losing it — possibly ending up on his own without his friends by his side, wondering how he’s going to face life without them. Which is very similar to a teenager who has to go off to college and meet all new people. I think that’s a valid fear.”

But in Season 5, Davis added, the supernatural supervillains that Teen Wolf has become known for will also be making life in Beacon Hills a living hell. “For me, the tagline of this season that we use in the writers room is: The rules have changed,” he said. “The 20-episode season will be very much the world of the supernatural being turned upside down.”

What else can you expect from the next stretch of episodes? Davis broke down the new season, character by character, to reveal what Season 5 has in store for everybody.

1. Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien)
“One of the first questions we asked in the writers room for each of the characters is, ‘How can we test them? How can we challenge them in huge ways this year?’ I think we’ve come up with a really good arc for Stiles. Dylan is going to get a lot to play. This is very much a season of secrets and how secrets can break a group of friends apart, and how people can lose faith in each other. It’ll be interesting to see when Stiles loses faith in Scott, where his relationship with Malia is tested and broken. We’re going to have a lot of character drama and conflict with that.”

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October 12, 2014

The Maze Runner director Wes Ball has said that the YA film series won’t be following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Divergent by dividing its final movie into two parts.

A recent Hollywood trend – kick-started by Harry Potter and Twilight – has seen producers extend the lifespan of franchises by splitting the final source novel of a series into two separate movies.

Speaking to Digital Spy, director Ball said that James Dashner’s initial trilogy – The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure – would only be adapted into three films.

“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!”

Dashner has also penned Maze Runner prequel novel The Kill Order and will release follow-up The Fever Code in 2016.

-Source: Digital Spy

September 21, 2014

A sequel to “The Maze Runner” will arrive in theaters next September, 20th Century Fox announced on the heels of the first film’s impressive debut.

The follow-up to the young adult hit, “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” races into theaters on Sept. 18, 2015. There’s potential for more “Maze Runners” beyond that. Author James Dashner also penned another sequel, “The Death Cure,” that could be adapted for the big screen at a future date.

“The Maze Runner” topped the weekend box office with $32.5 million domestically and pulled in an additional $37.6 million overseas. It flew past two other new wide releases, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and “This Is Where I Leave You,” to emerge as the highest grossing film.

The sequel will face stiffer competition from action-adventure “Everest,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, and an untitled Whitey Bulger biopic with Johnny Depp.

-Source: Variety

September 21, 2014

When watching “The Maze Runner,” the sci-fi dystopian flick based on the hit book by James Dashner, one might be struck by the fact that they have no clue what those slang terms are that Dylan O’Brien and co. are hurling at each other.

From “shank” to “klunk” and back again, many of the words that the trapped-in-a-box Gladers use in their strange little world are foreign to our ears, but not anymore: MTV News sat down with O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster for a little vocab test, and the boys passed with flying colors.

“It’s really slang, like, ‘Hey, man. Hey, shank, what’s going on?’” Lee explains of their first word. “But it could be derogatory as well.”

That clears it up… I think. Luckily, O’Brien was on hand to make things even more clear by using the word in a sentence: “Man, this shank’s always taking my pencil.”

“The Maze Runner” is in theaters this Friday, September 19.

September 21, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – During the recent junket for The Maze Runner (opening tomorrow, Sept. 17), the film’s director Wes Ball recounted an amusing incident about the way the movie’s lead actor, Dylan O’Brien was cast, or rather, was almost not cast.

Wes related that when he was approached to direct the adaptation of the best-selling series written by James Dashner after Katherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood) dropped out of the project, he went about the usual process of casting for the parts.

“We weren’t looking at faces, we weren’t looking at good looks, all that stuff — fortunately, we are okay in that department, too — but we found good actors that can be truthful,” he stated. “I wanted spectacle with an emotional core to it. I can’t just have shiny pictures.”

First one to be cast was for the role of Teresa, which went to British stunner Kaya Scodelario who was just coming off a critically-acclaimed performance as Kathy in acclaimed director Andrea Arnold’s reimagining of Wuthering Heights. Kaya first gained worldwide acclaim through her role as Effy in the provocative TV series, Skins.

The other part that was also immediately cast was that of Gally, which went to another Brit actor and pre-We’re the Millers Will Poulter (he was the naïve and geeky fourth-wheel in that hit movie whose private part was bit a spider!). Will landed the part because of his distinctive eyebrows according to Wes.

The one part that took a long time to cast was that of Thomas, the lead character in this gritty story of a group of boys trapped inside a mechanical maze set in a not-so-distant America. The director wanted to cast the late River Phoenix — yes, he was serious — but knowing that River has long been gone, he went looking for an actor who can remind him of the late actor’s intensity as displayed in the film The Mosquito Coast and Dylan, unfortunately, was among many actors he refused to cast.

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September 13, 2014

As a co-star on MTV’s supernatural series “Teen Wolf,” Dylan O’Brien has already gained quite a fan base. The young actor will test whether the “Wolf” pack will follow him to the bigscreen on Sept. 19, when he stars in Fox’s adaptation of the popular YA novel “The Maze Runner.”

Compare “Teen Wolf” with the “Maze Runner” shoot.

(In “Teen Wolf”), my character has the least amount of action on the show. It’s kind of the same mode as “Maze Runner.” Both characters are always helpless and trying to survive.

How did you and “Maze Runner” co-star Will Poulter get along?

Straight off the bat, we just clicked. When I met up with him later in his room, the whole cast was there cooking dinner. From there on out, we were always together.

You’re no stranger to Comic-Con, having gone for “Teen Wolf.” This year, you repped two projects.

I was told it was going to be crazier, and I ended up thinking it was easier, because I was bouncing back and forth talking about both projects rather than one thing all day.

Which fan base would you say is the most passionate?

I haven’t gotten a huge glimpse of the “Maze Runner” fan-base quite yet. Seems similar with age and casting, and they share a similar audience. To me the “Maze Runner” fans have been so supportive of everything I have done. It makes it easier to adapt a book that is popular with kids because of how excited they are about the project you don’t get the criticisms you would get with other projects.

What is the strangest thing a fan has done at the Con?

We were walking through Petco Park after a signing, and this girl plowed through security and grabbed onto my neck and started pulling. Her grip was so impressively strong that this huge security guard was struggling to get her off of me. I was like, “Whoa. That’s kind of crazy.”

-Source: Variety

August 28, 2014

In four seasons, Teen Wolf has morphed from a guilty pleasure into a bloody thrill ride, making teen-scene royalty out of leads Tyler Posey (as titular teen wolf Scott McCall) and Dylan O’Brien (as his trusted friend Stiles). Offscreen, the 22-year-old actors are real-life pals who display an easy rapport despite some philosophical differences on things like sports and tattoos.

EW visited the show’s Los Angeles set recently for scoop on the sexiest, scariest, most bonkers show on MTV. Check out the extended interview below:

EW: This year, you premiered the season while still working on it. Did that throw you off to watch the premiere then come to work?
TYLER POSEY: It caught me completely off guard. We never really had a season start filming as we’re shooting it. It’s hard to be focused on both, but it’s exciting. The next day, I’ll always wake up to a text from Dylan like, ‘The episode was great, you kicked ass.’”
DYLAN O’BRIEN: I watched it at like 3:30 in the morning.

Is that your preferred viewing experience?
O’BRIEN: Sometimes that’s how it has to be. We used to do viewing parties all the time. This is something we’re not used to, how the show just comes out while we’re working. But I was stoked to go home and watch the episode. I had adrenaline.

As you near the end of season four, do you ever think back to how much Teen Wolf has changed since that first year?
POSEY: All the time. So much of this show is Dylan and me and our relationship, and the thing that blows my mind is how young I felt when we first started hanging out.
O’BRIEN: And at such a transitional point in our lives, too. We were 18, and it’s only been four years, but I feel like for us that’s a lot longer of a four years than for anyone else.
POSEY: We’ve gone through some really cool stuff with each other.

Do you remember the screen test?
POSEY: That’s where we first really hit it off.
O’BRIEN: I’ll never forget that.

What was your first impression of each other?
O’BRIEN: [laughs]
POSEY: You go first.
O’BRIEN: Well, the first thing I remember about Tyler… He walked in and asked immediately where the bathroom was. And I remember just thinking, “Wow, he’s really comfortable. That’s so badass.” And then we started talking immediately, because the test was a disaster. It took seven and a half hours.
POSEY: It took a long time.
O’BRIEN: And at one point, they let us go across the street to have lunch because they were still working things out.

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August 23, 2014

Stiles Stilinski has survived serial killer werewolves, being possessed by Japanese trickster spirits and (so far) a benefactor bent on killing all of his supernatural friends on “Teen Wolf.” Could he survive a constantly changing maze filled with robotic spider-slugs with gigantic fangs though?

“Stiles would probably survive,” actor Dylan O’Brien admits during a Q&A session following a screening of his new movie “The Maze Runner.” “I also played a fun guy named Jimmy in ‘High Road’ — it was one of the first things I did — and I think it’d be pretty fun to see him in the maze.”

“The Maze Runner” is based off the first book in James Dashner’s best-selling dystopian young-adult trilogy. The series follows Thomas (O’Brien), a super-intelligent young man who gets his memory wiped before being dropped into a giant maze called “The Glade,” already populated with other memory-less young boys. Once Thomas arrives the routine of “The Glade” goes haywire and it becomes clear that Thomas is the key to all of the boys escaping.

The dramatic adventure thriller is a bit of a departure for O’Brien, who is most known for being the sarcastic sidekick to Tyler Posey’s Scott McCall on “Teen Wolf.” He’s also had comedic turns in feature films like “The Internship” and “The First Time.”

“I was nervous, but I’m thankful I had such an amazing cast around me,” O’Brien says about taking on his first dramatic lead. “I just wanted to do the movie justice.”

O’Brien completed filming for “The Maze Runner” last summer, right before jumping into production on “Teen Wolf” Season 3B — a season that showcased a whole new side of O’Brien’s acting potential. Instead of sarcastic remarks and spastic physical comedy, Stiles became one of the most terrifying villains the show has seen. O’Brien credits his “The Maze Runner” experience with helping him prepare for Stiles’ dark turn.

“Drama is what I need to practice the most,” O’Brien says. “It was great to take [this experience] back to Stiles and see that I’ve learned some things.”

You can catch Dylan O’Brien as Thomas in “The Maze Runner” when it opens in theaters on Sept. 19.

Season 4 episode 10 of “Teen Wolf” — titled “Monstrous” — will premiere on Sun. Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. ET as a lead in to the VMA pre-show on MTV. It’ll re-air at “Teen Wolf”‘s regular time at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Aug. 25.

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