Looks like Dylan O’Brien’s injuries are worse than we thought.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the Maze Runner sequel -- The Maze Runner: The Death Cure -- has now shut down indefinitely, with the cast and crew of the movie said to have been sent home. The young actor was injured March 18 on the Vancouver set while he was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle. When he was suddenly pulled off the vehicle and hit by another vehicle, O’Brien sustained a “concussion, facial fracture and lacerations.” Ouch.
Filming was supposed to resume May 9 after being shut down for a few weeks, but a new start date will depend on the actor’s recovery and the ability to reassemble the large cast and crew. According to O’Brien’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, “His injuries are very serious, and he needs more time to recover.” Double ouch.
20th Century Fox issued a statement about shutting down production on the Maze Runner sequel:
“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.”
The Death Cure was originally slated to be released in movie theaters on Feb. 17, 2017, but it’s a given it won’t make that release date. Let’s not forget that O’Brien also stars on MTV’s popular TV series Teen Wolf, so there’s a possibility shooting on the movie will have to wait until after that show has wrapped, on top of juggling everyone's schedules and availabilities. As always, wishing a speedy recovery to Dylan O'Brien.