Albuquerque Studios, Mesa del Sol Resident will house the production of The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials, which begins production later this month.
The Scorch Trials is based off the second book of adult dystopian science fiction written by James Dashner. The movie follows the initial release of 20th Century Fox’s, The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball.
The Scorch Trials starts with the protagonist, Thomas, and his accomplices escaping the maze. They are stranded on the open roads of their devastated planet when they encounter a group of young women who have escaped from another maze. The group is faced with chicaneries put together by the World in Catastrophe, Killzone Experiment Department (WICKED). Phase two, The Scorch, commences with survival as the only option.
As reported by the Albuquerque Journal and the New Mexico State Film Office, the production will employ at least 250 New Mexicans with 18 actors and 1,800 extras. Albuquerque Studios is a good fit to house the production with its’ $94 million dollar facility, which includes more than 366,000 sq. ft. of total space for eight sound stages, mill, production, and support space on the 28 acre secure campus.
“It’s exciting to see our neighbors at Albuquerque Studios be able to provide support for a production of this caliber,” Manny Barrera, director of development said. “The Scorch Trials filming will have a significant impact on the Albuquerque economy and continue to put New Mexico in the spotlight for the film and media industry.”
The Scorch Trials movie premiere is scheduled for release on September 18, 2015.