May 29, 2016
'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Release Postponed To 2018 As Dylan O'Brien Continues Recovery

Fans waiting impatiently for the next film in the Maze Runner franchise will now have to wait even longer for their movie fix.

The Inquisitr reported earlier this month that Dylan O'Brien had been hospitalized back in March after suffering injuries in an incident on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. In that report, it was stated that O'Brien suffered injuries on the set under three different classifications: concussion, facial fracture, and lacerations.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, sources said O'Brien was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle.

Without naming the actor's name, WorkSafeBC had stated: "A worker was leaving the filming area on a motorcycle after completing a stunt sequence. The motorcycle went into a slide while turning onto a side road. The worker struck his head on the pavement and temporarily lost consciousness."

Initially, Fox pushed the film's release date to February 17, 2017, but have been forced to push the film back yet again and are now quoting a release date of January 12, 2018, after it turned out O'Brien's injuries were more severe than initially believed.

At first production was postponed on the Maze Runner: The Death Cure set, but not cancelled, as the actor recovered, however, Fox did eventually shut production down indefinitely, releasing a statement which read, in part: "We wish Dylan a speedy recovery and look forward to restarting production as soon as possible."

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While there is no fixed date for when production will start up again, Fox is hoping to release the film in theaters on January 12, 2018.

In the film, which is being directed by Wes Ball, O'Brien's character is searching for a cure for a deadly disease named the "Flare."

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the Maze Runner YA action-adventure franchise has proved to be popular, with the first film, released on September 19, 2014, grossing $348.32 million at the box office worldwide, on a budget of $34 million. The sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which opened a year later, scored $312.33 million at the global box office on a $61 million budget.

Due to the delay caused by O'Brien's injuries, this time there will be an almost two-and-a-half year gap between the second and third films in the Maze Runner franchise.

With its new release date, The Death Cure will now open opposite the Paramount animated movie, Sherlock Gnomes. On its original release date, it would have been facing off against Sony's adaptation of the Stephen King novels, The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, as well as Warner Bros. Fist Fight with Ice Cube in the lead and Universal's The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe.

In other Fox related news, they have announced more release dates for the movies Morgan (September 2), Keeping Up With the Joneses (October 21), Rules Don't Apply (November 11), and Red Sparrow (November 10, 2017). Alita: Battle Angel, with Rosa Salazar in the lead, is also scheduled for release on July 20, 2018.

There have been some other shifts in release dates, with Fox moving Murder on the Orient Express to November 22, 2017, Predator to February 9, 2018, and two untitled Marvel movies to March 2, 2018 and June 29, 2018, respectively.

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