Dylan O'Brien's Injuries Further Postpone Third Maze Runner Film

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Several weeks ago production on the third Maze Runner film, The Death Cure, was shut down when star Dylan O’Brien was injured on set. Now, a new report says his injuries were worse than originally thought and the film has been postponed indefinitely.


“His injuries are very serious and he needs more time to recover,” O’Brien’s publicist Jennifer Allen told The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the story. Fox released the following statement as well:

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.


According to the report, on March 18 O’Brien suffered a “concussion, facial fracture and lacerations” when a stunt in which the actor was on top of a moving vehicle went wrong.

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release February 17, 2017, but it now seems unlikely the film will make that date. It will, however, eventually be completed and released. This isn’t a case of a studio giving up on a film. It’s a case of bad luck and, hopefully, a safe and thorough recovery.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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Of *course* his injuries were much worse than the studios let on. You don’t get your head run over and walk away from that with a few minor scratches. He’s very, very lucky to be alive.

I hope the lack of reporting on this and refusal by the media to dig deeper was more out of respect to Dylan O’Brien than just mere laziness.

I hope O’Brien will someday be able to make a full or near-full recovery — he has a ton of talent and screen presence, and seems like a fairly nice/down to earth guy.

(And the movie team that let him — or anyone — do that stunt was out of their mind, and seriously negligent. I hope there will be investigations to see if they were *criminally* negligent, and at the very least the people who approved/designed that stunt should be run out of the business.)