Director circles bigscreen adaptation of James Dashner book

Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct the bigscreen adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult sci-fi tome “The Maze Runner” for 20th Century Fox.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein is producing with Lindsay Williams. Project is currently out to writers.

“The Maze Runner,” published in October 2009 by Random House imprint Delacorte Press, is part of a planned trilogy.

Dashner’s dystopian storyline revolves around a teenager who wakes up in an alternative universe, surrounded by other boys. New boys arrive every 30 days, so the community is jolted when a girl is thrown into the mix.

Hardwicke, who directed the first “Twilight,” is next in theaters with Warner Bros.’ “Red Riding Hood,” which unspools in March.

Hardwicke is repped by CAA.

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