MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
WES BALL grew up in Lake Como, Florida and attended Florida
State University where he earned a BFA in Film. It is here that Wes first gained
attention for his student short A Work In Progress which was honored with a
Student Academy Award. It was at that time that Wes founded his own boutique VFX
and Animation Studio Oddball Animation.
Soon after, Wes found himself working alongside Tom Hanks on the IMAX-3D
documentary Magnificent Desolation, where Wes was the Previz Supervisor. In
addition to this critically-acclaimed project, Wes and his Oddball team designed
title sequences, created CG-animation and produced VFX for such companies as
Playtone, Walt Disney, and Universal among others.
In 2012 Wes created, produced and directed the original 3D short film Ruin.
He released it online and within a short time it had gathered over 5,000,000
hits. The film catapulted Wes into the conversations of new directors to watch.
Two months later, the feature version of Ruin sold to Fox Studios in a
pre-emptive bid. That same week, the studio began talks for him to direct his
first feature film The Maze Runner. Produced for $34 million, the film went on
to make $350 million worldwide and launched a franchise. The sequel Maze Runner:
The Scorch Trials premiered in September 2015 and became a worldwide hit. Wes is
currently in post-production on the climax to the series Maze Runner: The Death
Cure, which is scheduled for release January 26, 2018.
Wes' film production company Oddball Entertainment has a first look deal with
Fox. In addition to Ruin, Oddball's current development slate includes the
fantasy-adventure Mouseguard based on the award-winning comic book series
written and illustrated by David Peterson, the action-adventure In Search of
Humans, the epic fantasy Fall Of Gods based on the illustrated novel created by
Rasmus Berggreen and Michael Vogt, and an untitled supernatural thriller to be
directed by Jason Eisener.
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