Fox Entertainment announced that the production of the third installment of "The Maze Runner" will be delayed indefinitely due to the injuries that Dylan O'Brien, the lead actor of the franchise, had sustained in March.
The actor was injured while filming "The Maze Runner: The Death Cure." O'Brien reportedly was pulled off a vehicle then got hit by another vehicle, resulting to "concussion, facial structure and lacerations." The healing process was initially believed to have been completed a few weeks after the accident.
Fox initially announced that production will resume on May 9 when O'Brien has recovered from his injuries, but the 24-year-old actor still has not recovered, prompting Fox to send home the cast and production crew of the film.
"His injuries are very serious and he needs more time to recover," Jennifer Allen, O'Brien's publicist, told Entertainment Weekly.
Fox confirmed the delay to Mashable:
"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 production is reported to resume sometime in June if O'Brien is proved to have recuperated and healthy enough to go back filming by then.
O'Brien plays Thomas, the lead character in the series of Young Adult novels by James Dashner. The novels are set in a post-apocalyptic world where Thomas and his friends are faced with many dangers to survive. The third movie will see Thomas on a journey to find a cure for a disease known as Flare.
Apart from the movie, O'Brien also stars in the series "Teen Wolf." It is unknown how this will affect the movie shoot, as his injuries messed up his schedule.
As of now, the release date of the movie on Feb. 17, 2017 has not been changed, though Fox is expected to announce a new date in light of the production delay.