You knew it was coming yet still held out hope that it wouldn’t — the release date for The Maze Runner: The Death Cure has been pushed back. Way back. Originally, the third and final movie in the Maze Runner franchise was slated for release on February 17, 2017. However, leading man Dylan O’Brien‘s on-set accident in March caused a delay in production, so this was pretty much inevitable. So, just how far back are we talking?
According to the latest reports, the Twentieth Century Fox film is tapped to hit theaters on January 12… 2018! That’s right, after director Wes Ball claimed the 24-year-old actor only needed “a few weeks of rest and recovery” before returning to set, fans are going to have to wait nearly an entire year before the installment is ready for the viewing public.
This delay became clear earlier this month when Dylan’s publicist stated that “his injuries are very serious, and he needs more time to recover.” All we can hope is that Dylly Bear gets the help he needs and returns to his previous healthy self. Get well soon, D!
This isn’t the first time a movie has been delayed because of an actor’s set injuries. These movies also shared the same setback:
The Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Fan totally freaked out (and rightfully so) when news broke that leading man Dylan O'Brien got run over by a car while filming a scene. As a result, Dylan had to undergo surgery for his broken bones, and production for the flick had to be shut down. According to director Wes Ball and author James Dashner, Dylan is going to be alright and filming will resume once he's fully recovered.
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Iron Man 3
Looks like playing a superhero comes with a price. While performing a stunt for the third installment of the Iron Man franchise, Robert Downey, Jr. injured his ankle. Because of this, filming was delayed for approximately a month and a half while the actor recovered.
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Thor: The Dark World
If there's anything we've learned, it's that Marvel movies take a physical toll on its actors. While filming the second Thor film, actress Jaimie Alexander suffered an injury that took approximately a month to recover from.
While on set, Jaimie slipped on a metal staircase, which led to some nasty results. "I herniated a disk in my Thoracic spine, I dislocated my left shoulder, I tore my right Rhomboid, and chipped eleven of my vertebrae," she said during an interview. Yikes! Jaimie proved to be a trooper, attending daily physical rehab sessions before reprising her role as Sif.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In 2014, Star Wars filming took a turn for the worse after one of the film's biggest stars, Harrison Ford, broke his leg. While filming, the hydraulic metal door belonging to the Millennium Falcon fell on the actor's left leg. In order for Harrison's injury to heal, production was halted for several weeks. Despite recovering from a broken leg, Harrison managed to return to the set and film physically demanding action sequences.
Nowadays, Justin Timberlake focuses on his role as a husband and father, but a few years ago, his acting and singing careers were in full swing. While filming a fight stunt for the 2011 flick, JT suffered a calf injury. "It felt like someone shot me in the leg," he said during an interview. After experiencing immediate pain from the calf muscle injury, production temporarily shut down while Justin recovered.
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While shooting the action movie, Charlize Theron suffered an extremely cringe-worthy injury. Amidst performing a stunt, Charlize attempted a backflip, which resulted in several injuries after she landed on her neck. The actress ended up with a herniated spinal disk and damage to her spine. For over a month, production was shut down as Charlize recovered.
"That injury scared me — I was almost paralyzed," Charlize said during an interview. Despite this injury, Charlize hasn't shied away from risky, stunt-filled movies. If anything, the actress is probably more selective about which stunts (if any) she chooses to perform.
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Halle Berry has a long, unfortunate history of getting injured on film sets. While filming the 2003 thriller movie titled Gothika, a scene between Halle and her co-star, RDJ, got a little too intense. During a scene where she tried to resist Robert, Halle broke her ulna (which is a bone that's part of the forearm). Three weeks later, Halle returned to set, wearing a cast for the remainder of her scenes.
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Tom Hanks' 2000 role as Chuck Noland was physically taxing for the seasoned actor. Aside from gaining and losing weight at different time periods (in order to properly fit the character), Tom suffered an injury that turned out to be life-threatening.
While filming, he cut his leg, which led to major swelling. Noticing that the situation was getting serious, Tom went to a hospital and discovered that he had a staph infection. To treat the infection, Tom was hospitalized and production temporarily stopped. "We had to shut down production for three weeks because the doctors said. 'No way is this kid getting in the water,'" Tom explained during an interview.
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