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‘Maze Runner’ Director Wes Ball Signs First-Look Deal With Fox

Fox has signed “Maze Runner” director Wes Ball to a three-year first-look producing deal through his new company OddBall Entertainment.

Ball and partner Joe Hartwick, Jr., will operate the company on the Fox lot, which is home to more than 20 other first-look deals including producing pacts with directors James Cameron, Paul Feig, Shawn Levy and Ridley Scott

OddBall will focus on genre titles.

Ball broke into the business four years ago with “Ruin,” an eight-minute short that Fox acquired. He was subsequently attached to direct sci-fi actioner “Maze Runner,” based on the James Dashner book and released in 2013.

Ball also directed the 2015 sequel “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and is working on “The Death Cure,” the third and final film in the Fox franchise.

The films star Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson.

“The Maze Runner” was a solid performer in cinemas, sprinting toward $345 million at the worldwide box office, and “The Scorch Trials” took in $312 million. “The Death Cure” will hit theaters on Feb. 17, 2017.

Ball is repped by APA, Gotham Group and Stone Meyer. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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