The release date for “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” has been pushed back for almost a year. This delay was confirmed months after star Dylan O’Brien’s accident on the “Maze Runner 3” set.
According to Variety, fans will now have to wait until 2018 to catch the movie on the big screen. Fox has reportedly decided to move the film’s premiere date to give O’Brien time to fully recover from the injuries he sustained while filming a car stunt for the movie. Production has already been delayed twice because of the accident. Fox has yet to announce when they will restart production.
“Maze Runner 3” was supposed to be the last movie in this young adult franchise. The movie was originally scheduled for a February 17, 2017 release. It will instead hit theatres on January 12, 2018.
Meanwhile, the movie’s director Wes Ball earlier apologized for what happened to O’Brien on his set. “I’m sorry for the grief this accident has caused,” Ball was quoted by E! News as saying. “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 [O’Brien]. He is one tough cookie.”
One of O’Brien’s “Maze Runner 3” co-stars, Giancarlo Esposito, also called him “tough.” The former “Breaking Bad” star also assured fans that O’Brien was “healing very well.”
“He got his bell rung,” Esposito told E! News. “I would imagine many who witnessed thought that was it…[But] he’s a survivor. The one good thing about Dylan that I think is going to help him get back on schedule with us very soon is he has a great attitude.” Ball also said he knows O’Brien “is going to be just fine…he will be back up and running to finish our adventure together.”