The final film in the “Maze Runner” trilogy will no longer hit theaters in February 2017. Instead, Fox will release “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” almost a full year later on January 12, 2018. The move comes as little surprise, since production on the flick has been shut down indefinitely while the franchise’s lead actor, Dylan O’Brien, recovers from serious injuries sustained on set.
The young actor was shooting a stunt for “The Death Cure” in March when things took a dangerous turn. First reports indicated that he’d been run over by a car during a stunt sequence, but subsequent reports refute that, saying O’Brien stumbled while on a set designed to resemble a train and fell off the back.
After the actor was rushed to a hospital, Fox put filming on hold. Originally, they were to start shooting again in May, but O’Brien’s injuries prevented him from returning so soon. There’s no word yet on when production will resume or when O’Brien expects to be fit to return to work.
Various rumors have circulated about the nature and extent of his injuries, with some reports suggesting he fractured his orbital bone. However, there’s been no official confirmation from O’Brien’s camp.
“The Death Cure” takes over the January date from an untitled Fox-produced Marvel project. That movie will now find its way into theaters on March 2, 2018.