Maze Runner fans were left disappointed when production for the third film of the series, The Maze Runner: Death Cure, had to be halted, which, of course, caused the release of the much anticipated film to be delayed as well. There was a good reason, though, as lead actor Dylan O'Brien was injured onset on March 17. He suffered a fractured cheekbone and a damaged orbital socket while attempting to perform a stunt in the movie.
Production was stopped and rescheduled to begin on May 9, but Fox pushed things back even further to give O'Brien more time to recuperate. It looks like things are finally back on track, and filming will resume in February. But there is a catch: they will be filming in a new location this time.
There is no indication that the accident prompted Fox's decision to move shooting, and, so far, they have not released where this new location is. Let's just hope that there won't be any continuity errors once the movie comes out.
Death Cure will be the final installment in the series, and, unlike other Young Adult franchises that came before it, the final book will not be split between two films.
As the title implies, the story will continue with Dylan's character, Thomas, trying to save his friends and evading the hand of the powerful organization, WICKED, which intends to use him and the other gladers for experiments to find a cure for a dreaded virus.
Wes Ball will remain on as director, and the rest of the cast, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Barry Pepper, Rose Salazar and Ki Hong Lee, will be resuming their roles.
The Maze Runner: Death Cure is now scheduled to be released on January 12, 2018, which will be almost a full year from the original release date of February 17, 2017.
Better late than never, right?