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NM grabs a ‘hot’ one: ‘Scorch Trials’ to begin filming

Dylan O'Brien stars in "The Maze Runner." The second film in the series, "Scorch Trials," will begin filming in New Mexico.

Dylan O’Brien stars in “The Maze Runner.” The second film in the series, “Scorch Trials,” will begin filming in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is about to get scorching hot. The state landed “The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials.”

Production will take place in and around Albuquerque this month through late January. It is being housed at Albuquerque Studios.

“It’s great to welcome such an experienced production team to the state,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico State Film Office. “We’re happy to play a small part on the making of this popular franchise.”

“The Scorch Trials” is the follow-up to “The Maze Runner,” which is the latest young-adult novel series to make the leap to the silver screen. Its is directed by Wes Ball.

“The Maze Runner” had an estimated budget of $34 million and has made $91 million domestically and $252 million worldwide.

‘The Scorch Trials” screenplay is by T.S. Nowlin and based on the second book in the epic young-adult novel series by James Dashner, “The Scorch Trials” continues the saga begun in the current box-office hit “The Maze Runner.” The film will follow the “Gladers” from the first movie, who must survive in “The Scorch” — a futuristic wasteland ravaged by solar flares.

According to the New Mexico State Film Office, the production will employ at least 250 New Mexico crew members, 18 New Mexico actors, and approximately 1,800 local background talent.

“We are excited to have ‘The Scorch Trials’ film in our city,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “This sequel to the very popular ‘The Maze Runner’ will have a tremendous economic impact to Albuquerque.” The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson and Nathalie Emmanuel. Esposito is no stranger to New Mexico as he spent a few seasons as Gus Fring on the Emmy Award-winning show “Breaking Bad.”

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