Dylan O'Brien was seriously injured while shooting "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" in mid-March. Director Wes Ball tweeted on March 19 that Dylan was expected to be back up and running to finish the film "after a few weeks." And co-star Giancarlo Esposito told E! News in early April that Dylan was "healing very well" and expected to recover enough to return to filming in mid-May.
But not so fast. On April 29, The Hollywood Reporter updated that production has been shut down indefinitely with insiders saying the actor's injuries are more severe than initially believed.
"His injuries are very serious, and he needs more time to recover," his publicist, Jennifer Allen, told THR. A statement from Fox added, "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."
THR quoted a report from WorkSafeBC, describing Dylan's injuries as "concussion, facial fracture and lacerations." Sources told the site he was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was unexpectedly pulled off that vehicle and hit by another one. Yikes.
The shooting schedule for this third film in the "Maze Runner" franchise is hardly the first priority, but a lot of jobs are tied to it, and there's no firm timeline for when it will resume. Sources told THR the cast and crew have been sent home, and a new start date depends not only on the actor's recovery but the ability to get the huge cast and crew back together again. As of now, it doesn't seem like the film will make its February 17, 2017, release date.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates, perhaps from Dylan O'Brien or Wes Ball on Twitter. Heal at your own pace, man!
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