‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Faces Production Delay After Tom Cruise Injured (EXCLUSIVE)

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UPDATED:Mission: Impossible 6” will halt production in London for between six weeks to three months to give Tom Cruise time to recover from an on-set injury, according to four people with knowledge of the situation. The actor hurt himself doing stunt work for the film last weekend. Cruise broke his ankle, Paramount confirmed, and may have also hurt his hip, one individual close to the production said. He was scheduled to see his doctor this week, said sources close to the production, after which the studio will determine how long shooting will be delayed.

In a statement, the studio 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 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.”

One person affiliated with the film suggested that the production could still wrap on time if the focus is put on post-production elements and scenes with Cruise are left for the end of the shoot.


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But any production stoppage could cause headaches for other cast members such as Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, and Rebecca Ferguson. Many of these actors are also slated to start filming other projects as soon as “Mission: Impossible 6” wraps in the fall. Paramount is also concerned that any delay could also negatively impact the release and filming of Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel, which is set to premiere in July 2019. Both films are being co-financed by David Ellison’s Skydance Media.

TMZ released video on Sunday morning of the actor attempting a leap across a building gap, only to fall short, smack into the wall and walk away with a limp. After pulling himself onto the platform that he slammed into, the actor attempts to run, but stumbles. The crew then uses the pulley system to pull him back to the first platform, where they assist the actor off-camera.

Cruise has long prided himself on doing his own stunts, even defying studio bosses and insurance companies in order to give his films’ signature set pieces a greater realism. For his recent reboot of the “The Mummy,” the actor did 64 takes of a plane crash sequence in zero gravity, and for the fourth and fifth “Mission: Impossible” movies, he hung off the Burj Khalifa and clung to the wing of a moving plane.

A representative for Cruise did not respond to a request for comment.

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  1. Patti says:

    He will have to mend fast because Miscavige needs that money!!!!

  2. Mark Smith says:

    When actors are doing their own stunts, I don’t know why the studio doesn’t insist on saving all of those scenes for the very end of production. That’s what I would do. It makes sense to shoot every other scene first, that way if there is an injury, you can use a combo of doubles and green screen to finish it.

    In fact, you could even do green screen backups of all the scenes first, getting them all done at once, so if they get hurt later on, you don’t have to wait on them to heal up enough to do green screen.

  3. wiseoldsnail says:

    his doctor? he stops children from seeing doctors based upon his idiotic cult beliefs . why isn’t his imaginary god healing him?

  4. Jim Christian says:

    I know all the Scientology stuff is a little odd, but Cruise got balls, dunno how the guy WALKS with balls like that. He’s in good shape for a guy so old, too. He and Tom Brady must sip the same bourbon. I’ve danced on flight decks, done the skydiving thing, road-raced motorcycles, done some dangerous stuff I suppose. But Jesus, the motorcycle stuff he does is stunning, let alone all the up-high and impact stuff like what happened last week. And he’s been at it for nearly 40 years now. Christ! Hope he comes out good. In a Hollywood world turned pussy, he’s hung tough.

  5. wildwest says:

    I’m with you, M. While I’m not a Cruise fan, it’s pretty obvious that the rig dropped him too low and he crashed into the building. To further complicate matters. it would appear he intended to hit the roof running — so the hit was unexpected and an injury occurred.

  6. Maloogie says:

    We know how digital recreation creates new performances from dead stars, and they’ve been plunking an actor’s head on a stunt double since Jurassic Park. “Gladiator” (2000) they plunked Oliver’s head on top of a double digitally and it worked seamlessly.

    For the really dangerous stunts, put the double in, and using the same digital recreation that creates the performance of a King Kong on top of the actor’s face, use a digital image of Cruise’s face, or the real thing superimposed.

  7. Maloogie says:

    Tom’s accident has nothing to do with age. That rig was short of the mark, and without being melodramatic, looks suspicious or incompetent on the part of those who set up or executed the jump. There is very little you can do crossing from one building to another whether 25 or 55, you’re flying a rig so high and so wide—unless you think flapping your arms might make a difference.

    Cruise needs to develop his own posse of 2nd unit directors (stunt direction) to check those rigs and make sure practice is done at half speed. This isn’t an age issue.

    It’s a competency issue and none of that belongs to Cruise, it belongs to the team.

  8. Luna Cascade says:

    Might be time to do another genre of movie. As we get older we can’t do what we used to do. Age catches up with all us!

  9. Dunstan says:

    How will the world survive without another mind-numbing Tom Cruise action film?

  10. harry georgatos says:

    Time to release John Woo’s epic 3 hour directors cut of Mission:Impossible 2!! Massive action set-pieces were taken of of the film!! Assassin editor Stuart Baird edited the film with a meat cleaver. The shoot-outs in Biocyte don’t make sense with such appalling editing! Time to release the 3 hour cut!!

  11. John says:

    “For his recent reboot of the “The Mummy,” the actor did 64 takes of a plane crash sequence in zero gravity, and for the fourth and fifth “Mission: Impossible” movies, he hung off the Burj Khalifa and clung to the wing of a moving plane.”

    You know why he does these things?

    He thinks he’s invincible, because Scientology tells him so.
    Cruise is an ‘Operating Thetan’ on the 8th level or something.
    The Church of Scientology teaches, that these people have super-human powers.
    (I mean, they have to give them something for their millions of $$$ in course money, right?)

    Maybe this accident gives Mr. Cruise a moment to think about this dangerous nonsense.
    If he dies while doing a dangerous stunt, that would be the worst Scientology could happen,
    because everybody in the world would see, that it simply doesn’t work.
    It’s snake oil.

  12. Movieguy says:

    After this incident I’m not sure how willing the money men are going to be to bear the risk of an aging star’s ego. It’s one thing to keep funding the diminishing returns of a string of movies like Oblivion and the Mummy, its another to gum up your studio’s entire release schedule and lose money to boot.

  13. frederick@dreamerchant.com says:

    Tom Cruise’s body is over 50 years old. Perhaps (perhaps) this unfortunate accident has put the actor’s ego in check–maybe not.

    The insurance company that bonded “MI-6” may not guarantee the cost of the production delay, which will roll over on Skydance.Media; this was not made clear by the article as written. Skydance–if granting the actors request–should absorb the cost of the loss.

    A film is a commodity and, like any other product, will be delivered in anticipation of profit–with Cruise being the brand name. If the living-and-breathing brand is undeliverable, the product will not be sold for profit. Everyone involve with “this stunt” should have been (no doubt, were…) so informed.

    The situation is rightfully ridiculous.

  14. Get your ego in check says:

    Any cost associated with a delay in production should come out of Cruise’s pocket because he has no business doing any of his stunts. This is what stunt people are for. DUH!

    • Cheryl H says:

      Actors have the option of doing their own stunts if they so choose, As long as it it okay with the insurance company and the production company, etc., it should be okay with you. Moreover, even when using stunt people, accidents can happen. Or were you unaware of the death that occurred earlier this week with a stunt woman on a motorcycle?

  15. House of D says:

    Scrub Top Gun 2.

  16. Whoever was operating the pulley system screwed up. That system was in place in order to make sure that Tom cleared the roof of the the building he was jumping onto. Someone screwed up royally

    • Maloogie says:

      Thank you Henry. Somebody is trying to “convince” Cruise he shouldn’t be doing his own stunt work, or is just incompetent.

  17. Joe says:

    Jerry Renner can film Tom’s final scenes. With the pliability of a MI script, this should not be a problem.

  18. Janine Max says:

    “The extent of his injuries IS unclear…”

  19. Spike says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Tom!

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