Final ‘Maze Runner’ film pushed back to 2018 following hospitalisation of star

Dylan O'Brien was hospitalised in mid-March and filming has twice been postponed

The Maze Runner series is back on schedule, following a period of uncertainty that followed a serious on-set injury.

In March, 24-year-old star Dylan O’Brien was involved in an accident, reportedly involving a car, which resulted in his hospitalisation and an indefinite delay on the filming for Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Prior to the accident, the third film in the dystopian sci-fi trilogy had been scheduled for release on February 17, 2017. In late April, more than a month after O’Brien suffered injuries that were described as “not life-threatening in any way,” distributor 20th Century Fox was forced to withdraw the film’s name from their release schedule completely.

Director Wes Ball described himself as “overwhelmed with anger and guilt” in reaction to the news in mid-March, but assured fans that O’Brien was “going to be just fine”.

When Fox withdrew the film from its release schedule last month, O’Brien’s publicist, Jennifer Allen said, “His injuries are very serious, and he needs more time to recover.”

The studio 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. We wish Dylan a speedy recovery and look forward to restarting production as soon as possible.”

Fox has now announced that Maze Runner: The Death Cure will be released on January 18, 2018.