Following rumors yesterday, it is now confirmed that production on the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film is being halted to give Tom Cruise time to recover from an on-set injury.
The actor hurt himself doing stunt work on rooftops for the film last weekend and one source close to production says Cruise may have broken his ankle in two places and hurt his hip.
In a statement, the studio has now said: “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27th 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”
Variety adds the stoppage is expected to run between six weeks to three months according to four people with knowledge of the situation. They say production could still wrap in a timely manner if scenes with Cruise are left for the end of the shoot and the focus is put on post-production elements during the hiatus.
The main issue will be scheduling issues for cast members such as Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, and Rebecca Ferguson who are slated to start filming other projects as soon as “Mission: Impossible 6” wraps.
Paramount is also concerned filming of Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel could be delayed.