The IMF has called for some impromptu downtime.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, and in light of Tom Cruise’s “serious” on-set injury, production on Mission: Impossible 6 has officially shut down to lend Cruise adequate time to recover. The action sequel will now remain on hiatus for eight to nine weeks, and though one might assume that this lengthy spell on the sidelines would adversely affect the July 27th, 2018 release date, Paramount is sticking to its guns.
The studio has now issued a statement addressing Tom Cruise’s injuries, revealing that the Mission: Impossible mainstay broke his ankle while performing a rooftop stunt in London earlier this week. Footage captured by TMZ showed Cruise, who is widely known for tackling daredevil feats without the need for a stand-in, leaping between two office blocks. It looked to be a fairly routine stunt – by Cruise’s lofty standards, at least – but eye witnesses have revealed that the actor mistimed his jump, leaving him to fall just short of his mark and collide with the building’s concrete exterior.
Here’s the official word on what transpired, courtesy of Paramount:
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 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.
Meanwhile, THR’s findings went on to reveal that Cruise’s mishap occurred on the 88th day of production, at which point Mission: Impossible 6 was projected to remain in front of the cameras until October. A potential delay of two to three months will push Christopher McQuarrie’s sequel back toward December, though we’re pleased to note that the midsummer launch date is still in place.
Mission: Impossible 6 is still slated to arrive on July 27th, 2018. Among the cast list for McQuarrie’s untitled M:I 6 are Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin and, for the first time since Mission: Impossible 3 (Ghost Protocol cameo notwithstanding), Michelle Monaghan as Julia Meade, Ethan Hunt’s former flame.