Dylan O’Brien Update: “Maze Runner” Star Is “Tough Cookie,” Says Director
Dylan O’Brien is a “tough cookie,” and will be “just fine,” Maze Runner director Wes Ball says.
As Gossip Cop reported, O’Brien was rushed to the hospital in Vancouver on Thursday after apparently getting run over by car during filming of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. In a statement furnished to Gossip Cop, 20th Century Fox said production on the third and final film of the trilogy will be shut down while he recovers. The extent of O’Brien’s injuries hasn’t been confirmed, but Ball provided fans with an update on Saturday afternoon.
A handwritten note the filmmaker posted to Twitter as a photo reads, “Well, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions these past few days. I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings of anger and sadness and guilt. But ultimately I find myself left with just a deep love and respect for Dylan. He is one tough cookie.”
“I’m sorry for the grief this accident has caused his friends and family as well as my wonderful cast and crew,” Ball went on. He added, “It’s scary seeing your friend get hurt, but fortunately, Dylan is going to be just fine. After a few weeks of rest and recovery he will be back up and running to finish our adventure together. All the best.”
Though not on set at the time of the accident, Maze Runner novelist James Dashner also took to Twitter to assure fans O’Brien will be okay. “I just want to let everyone know that yes, Dylan was hurt, but that he’s going to be okay. Not life threatening in any way,” the author wrote. “Production is postponed but certainly not cancelled. All that matters now is that Dylan recovers. We love you, Dylan!!!”
Many of O’Brien’s co-stars have also spoken out on social media. It has not yet been announced if the incident and production shut-down will force the movie’s release date to be pushed back from February 2017. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.