Final film in the ‘Maze Runner’ franchise bumped to 2018 while star recovers

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20th Century Fox has officially bumped The Maze Runner: The Death Cure into 2018 as the film’s lead, Dylan O’Brien, continues his recovery following an on-set incident resulting in serious injuries.

Following the accident in March, production on the film was placed on hold while O’Brien recovered. It was later revealed that his injuries, rumored to be to his face, were more extensive than initially thought, leading to the actor needing more time to recover.

The Death Cure was set to hit theaters in February 2017, following The Scorch Trials‘ release in September 2015. The third and final film in the franchise will now hit theaters on January 12, 2018 – eleven months late.

The Maze Runner trilogy is based on the successful young adult trilogy penned by author James Dashner. The third book’s official synopsis is as follows:

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

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