Wes Ball: I’m an optimistic pessimist

Wes Ball only ever sees problems in his work.

The 29-year-old made his big screen directorial debut with teen dystopian science fiction movie The Maze Runner and is currently helming the sequel, The Scorch Trials. While the first movie made $340 million on a $30 million budget, Wes admits he struggles to brag about its success.

“I was cautiously optimistic, but it’s hard because all I ever do is see problems,” he confessed to Empire. “It was awesome that people liked it. I probably looked more at the negative reviews than the positive, ‘cause I’m that kind of guy. But the studio was very happy, so that makes me happy.”

With such great results, it’s no wonder Wes is back directing the second instalment, which again stars Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario. Ever the perfectionist, the director wants to make The Scorch Trials even better than his first offering.

“I just want to try and do better this time. More fun, more character, more story, more emotion,” he explained. “You know, you’ve got all this responsibility and pressure and you just try and roll with it the best you can.”

Despite being a sequel, Wes feels like The Scorch Trials is a completely different movie to the first, as the characters move from a world of concrete mazes to a fried, desert landscape as they continue to fight for survival.

“It’s a different movie, different tone, different everything,” he continued. “We go into more depth with the characters. And the worlds are just crazy different. We’re not in a concrete maze, we’re in this really cool ruined world, swallowed by the desert. It doesn’t feel like a ‘second’ movie you know? It just feels like another one.”

– Cover Media