Tom Cruise’s love for doing his own stunts has finally caught up with him.
The 55-year-old actor broke his ankle attempting a stunt on the London set of “Mission: Impossible 6,” and production is now on hiatus, according to a statement from Paramount Pictures.
The studio didn’t not specify when shooting will start back up, but Variety reports that production on “M:I 6” will be halted for between six weeks and three months.
Paramount is still planning a July 27, 2018, release of the movie, and one source told the trade it’s possible the movie could still finish on time, if the focus is put on post-production while Cruise is healing, and the studio then shoots the rest of the star’s scenes when he returns.
Finishing on time would certainly make life a lot easier for Paramount. Cruise’s costars on the movie – Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson – are all either in the midst of working on other projects or will jump right into one when the scheduled end date on “M:I 6” hits.
If production misses that date, it could take a lot of maneuvering of schedules (and cooperation with other studios) to get everyone back to complete the latest movie in Paramount’s moneymaking franchise.
The previous “Mission: Impossible” movie, 2015’s “Rogue Nation,” earned over $682 million worldwide at the box office. The Cruise injury could also affect the filming and release of his next project, the “Top Gun” sequel.
On Sunday, TMZ released video of Cruise missing his mark when jumping from one roof top to another on the set of “Mission: Impossible 6.” He crashed into the side of the building he was jumping to. After pulling himself onto the roof, he began limping.
Here’s video of Cruise attempting the stunt: