It’s been over two years since Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hit the screens. The second film in a series adapted from James Dashner’s YA book series about a post-apocalyptic world in which teens are subjected to a mysterious social experiment in a giant maze, The Scorch Trials had been released just one after the breakout success of 2014’s The Maze Runner. The plan was to do the same for Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the final installment in this trilogy, and then disaster struck.

Four days after filming on the third film began, star Dylan O’Brien sustained numerous injuries to his face and head when he accidentally fell off a set mocked up to look like a train. Filming was halted to allow treatment, but when the injuries turned out to be far more serious than even initially realized, the production was put on hiatus indefinitely until the young actor could recover fully. Dates for recommencement of production came and went but eventually things got back under way again in March of this year, in none other than our very own backyard here in Cape Town.

Six months later, and we can now finally get our first glimpse of whether it was all worth the wait (as well as the stunt that caused all this ruckus) as the first trailer dropped over the weekend. O’Brien, fresh from showing off ever-increasing badass potential in American Assassin, seems to pick up right where he left off, and director Wes Ball doesn’t appear to have missed a step on the intensity either. Those are really the only reasons I kept watching these movies, as the storyline became exponentially nonsensical. I highly doubt that The Death Cure will fix that and will probably just pile even more ridiculous narrative reveals on top of the others, but it should at least be exciting to watch.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure also stars Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, and Patricia Clarkson. It is scheduled for release on 26 January 2018. Here’s the full official synopsis:

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Last Updated: September 26, 2017

20 Comments

  1. I wonder what he said when he injured his face. Was it the cliched “My face! My beautiful face!!” or did he just give the standard “AAAARRRGGGH [insert expletive]!!”

    Will we ever know the answer to this question that may haunt us until our dying days?

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    • RinceThis

      September 26, 2017 at 14:35

      I don’t ponder what his face has been through that much tehehehe!

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      • Admiral Chief

        September 26, 2017 at 14:52

        Hehehe, I think you might be onto something

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        • Jo

          September 26, 2017 at 15:02

          Not nice to mock the guy like that. He came close to dying and has been through some serious trauma in the last year. I was reading interviews for his latest movie and it sounds like a horrific nightmare.

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          • Admiral Chief

            September 27, 2017 at 10:17

            Not mocking the guy. Mocking the horrible downward spiral after the first movie

          • Admiral Chief

            September 27, 2017 at 10:24

            And also, was mocking Original Heretic on his fascination with the other guy’s face, a little joke

  2. Admiral Chief

    September 26, 2017 at 14:29

    Second movie wasn’t that good for me tbh

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 26, 2017 at 14:39

      Same here. The moment they started opening the world and explaining things it started falling apart.

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      • Admiral Chief

        September 26, 2017 at 14:52

        Honestly, I thought the franchise was cancelled after that horrible sequel

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        • Kervyn Cloete

          September 26, 2017 at 14:58

          Never. They made crap loads of money. The two movies had a combined production budget of $95 million and they’ve earned a collective $660 million. Hollywood won’t just get rid of a meal ticket like that.

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  3. Matthew Holliday

    September 26, 2017 at 14:52

    They still making these?
    I dont think Ive ever “nothinged” a movie series more than I have this.

    The movie is called Maze Runner, they spent roughly 5 minutes of screen time running through mazes befor it devolved into teen fiction post apocalyptic boredom.
    Even Divergeant was better than this, and that was pretty terribad.

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    • Admiral Chief

      September 26, 2017 at 14:53

      LOLZ @ “teen fiction post apocalyptic boredom”

      So much this

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    • RinceThis

      September 26, 2017 at 14:54

      What you said.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 26, 2017 at 14:55

      No. I’m sorry. Divergent is not better than this. No effing way. Maze Runner is not fantastic cinema (and you’ll never hear me defending it as such), but it at least had some engaging action beats. Divergence is just codswallop from start to finish.

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  4. Skittle

    September 26, 2017 at 14:54

    I found these movies to be far more entertaining than the Hunger Games series.

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    • RinceThis

      September 26, 2017 at 15:07

      Agreed. The Hunger Game movies were just, boring to me.

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