Tom Cruise breaks ankle, shutting down 'Mission: Impossible 6'

Paramount said the
movie, one of the Viacom unit’s biggest franchises, remained on schedule to
open on July 27, 2018 despite the setback.

Cruise, 55, was seen
in a video on celebrity news website TMZ trying to jump between the roofs of
two high-rise buildings and landing hard against a wall during filming in
London over the weekend. He was later seen limping off the set.

“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,” Paramount said in a statement. “Tom wants to thank you all
for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone
next summer.”

Paramount did not say
how long production would be delayed. Hollywood trade paper Variety said
filming could be halted anywhere from six weeks to three months while Cruise
recovers. Variety said the actor also injured his hip.

“Mission: Impossible –
Rogue Nation,” in which Cruise reprised his role as agent Ethan Hunt, made more
than $680 million at the worldwide box office in 2015, according to movie
tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com

Cruise has carved a
career as one of Hollywood’s top-earning and longest-running action stars, much
of it built on his reputation for doing his own stunts, including swinging
around a Dubai skyscraper and hanging off the outside of a cargo plane as takes
off.

“I just don’t
sleep, I just keep going,” he told Reuters in 2015 while promoting
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

“Mission:
Impossible 6” director Christopher McQuarrie told Britain’s Empire
magazine in an interview posted on Wednesday that Cruise was in “very good
spirits” after his injury.

McQuarrie said Cruise
was performing a stunt over numerous takes where he was meant to hit the wall
of the building hard, climb onto the roof and sink to his knees. On his fourth
try, McQuarrie said Cruise “hit the building at a slightly different
angle” and broke his right ankle.

“He was always
supposed to slam into the side of the building. That’s what gives the stunt its
energy,” the director said. “He knew the instant that he hit the
building that his ankle was broken.”

McQuarrie said he did
not know how long the hiatus would be but there were still seven or eight weeks
left of filming.

It was not immediately
clear whether the delays on “Mission: Impossible 6” could also lead
to problems filming the long-awaited sequel to Cruise’s 1986 hit “Top
Gun,” also from Paramount.

“Top
Gun: Maverick,” is scheduled to be released in July 2019.