Earlier this week, Tom Cruise injured himself doing a stunt for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6. Production will be shut down for several months as a result.
Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Image: Paramount
Variety first broke the news of the delay, which was then confirmed by the other Hollywood trades. Paramount has yet to release a statement.
Cruise was reportedly performing a stunt for the Christopher McQuarrie film where he had to jump between two buildings. He missed, which was the point, but on one of the takes, he landed wrong and broke his ankle. TMZ posted a video that's likely the stunt in question.
The director spoke to Empire about the whole situation and confirmed that, yes, Cruise broke his ankle. Yes, he's OK. But no, he's not sure how long the hiatus will be. The trades all have different estimations, from six weeks to three months.
According to McQuarrie, they will take that time to rearrange the post-production schedule a bit and the July 2018 release date is not yet in danger. They'd already been shooting for several months and had seven or eight weeks to go. It's unclear if Cruise's next film, the sequel to Top Gun, will be impacted in any way.
Cruise is well-known for doing his own stunts, especially in the Mission: Impossible movies. He famously hung off the side of the Burj Khalifa for the fourth film and hung off a flying plane for the fifth one. If there's a seventh, you'd have to think that would be cut back significantly after this.