Esther Zuckerman
September 22, 2014 AT 02:00 PM EDT

Following a successful opening weekend for The Maze Runner, Fox is digging its heels into the franchise. The studio has announced that the adaptation of the next installment in James Dashner’s YA series, The Scorch Trials, will arrive on the big screen Sept. 18, 2015.

The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien, came in first in the box office race this weekend, raking in $32.5 million, edging out competition like A Walk Among the Tombstones and This Is Where I Leave You. Wes Ball’s full-length feature debut already has a worldwide gross of $81.5 million. The box-office win for the movie, which tells the dystopian story of a group of boys (and one girl) trapped in a community surrounded by a labyrinth, is something of a rare feat—a non-Hunger Games or Twilight YA adaptation that captured moviegoers’ attention. Variety said that it “escaped the young adult franchise curse.”

The sequel is already in pre-production, as EW reported, and is set to start shooting in the next six weeks.

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