'The Maze Runner: Death Cure' Production Has Been Halted Following Dylan O'Brien's Injuries In March
As was reported in March, whilst filming the third installment of The Maze Runner trilogy, Dylan O'Brien was injured on-set, temporarily shutting down production of the film whilst he recovered. Though we were all rooting for a swift, speedy recovery from his injuries, it now sounds as though O'Brien's injuries might be more serious than they were originally reported. According to Vulture, Maze Runner: The Death Cure's production was reportedly stopped indefinitely to give O'Brien more recovery time.
According to sources via The Hollywood Reporter, "cast and crew have been sent home, and a new start date will depend on O'Brien's recovery." Additionally, O'Brien's publicist is quoted as saying that "his injuries are very serious and he needs more time to recover."
A statement from 20th Century Fox, The Maze Runner's studio, has also confirmed that O'Brien requires more time to recover from injuries:
The resumption of principal photography on Maze Runner: The Death Cure has been further delayed to allow Dylan O’Brien more time to fully recover from his injuries ... We wish Dylan a speedy recovery and look forward to restarting production as soon as possible.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release on February 17, 2017 — though it seems likely that this dramatic setback could well impact on that timeline and postpone release 'til a later date. The film, which is the final chapter of the Maze Runner trilogy, follows O'Brien's character as he seeks out a cure for a deadly disease known only as the "Flare," and is directed by Wes Ball. Ball's original statements regarding O'Brien's injuries, released in March, still remain strong and touching:
Well, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions these past few days. I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings of anger and sadness and guilt. But, ultimately I find myself left with just a deep love and respect for Dylan. He is one tough cookie.
Here's wishing O'Brien good health and a speedy recovery.