Mission Impossible 6 to Delay Production Six Weeks to Three Months
Paramount studio heads remain optimistic that they will still be able to make the release date of July 27, 2018, for Mission Impossible 6. However, the film is now being reported as having its production delayed around six weeks to three months. The studio confirmed that Cruise did indeed break his ankle and may have damaged his hip too. They remained positive about things:
“During production on the latest ‘Mission Impossible’ film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt,” the studio stated. “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.”
The studio is betting on the film focusing on post-productions parts of it and then returning back to scenes with Cruise when he has recovered. However, the film is going to cause trouble for its other stars such as Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg. It may actually benefit Henry Cavill, who was facing troubles with his filming the reshoots for Justice League. He might be able to shave the beard off without any trouble from Paramount or Warner Brothers.
The studio might think to see if they could get Jeremy Renner in at least a cameo appearance now that he might be able to film some scenes. It would be interesting if they could put together a minor storyline for William Brandt, Renner’s character. Yet, this film may impact another one of Cruise’s coming film sequels.
Top Gun: Maverick was supposed to start filming next year for a July 12, 2019, release date. If Mission Impossible 6 is still filming much of late this year and early next year, it might be the case where Paramount Pictures needs to consider just what path to take with this. It could benefit the film if they decided to take the opportunity to include actors like Renner and maybe add to the film now with the schedule change.
For Cruise, he likely will be in the hospital recovering. He has been known for doing his own stunts in every film he’s done in order to push the reality of the film. He never wanted things any differently. However, now with Cruise injured, it may be the first time he has to face that he might be older and need the help of stuntmen. However, it’s likely Cruise will get right back to work doing all of his own stunts.
He has done everything from hanging off the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa, and recently completed 64 takes of a stunt in The Mummy, where he was going through a plane crash sequence throughout zero gravity. It would be interesting to see if Cruise has been weaker as an adult and may have needed to turn to some drugs in order to continue on. It’s not the first time Cruise has been said to have a drug history and potentially need help from somewhere like heroin rehab centers.
The story of Cruise’s fall originated from TMZ when they released a video of the Mission Impossible star leaping across to another building, where he smacked into the wall and attempted to keep walking. However, when he began to run, he fell, and could not continue on. The film’s crew utilized their pulley system to assist him in getting back into action. The film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, explained to Empire that it had a lot to do with the coordination of the film camera in the stunt.
“What happened is a matter of coordinating what Tom is doing with what the camera is doing, which means you have to do it a number of times. And on the fourth try, he hit the building at a slightly different angle and he broke his ankle.”
The hope is that Cruise does not turn to drugs to deal with the physical pain he has and end up in heroin rehab centers. All fans of his want to see him get back on the motorcycle, put the leather jacket and sunglasses back on, and chase after bad guys. The question is: who does it better than Tom Cruise? If you asked Cruise that question, he’d probably tell you that it’s indeed Tom Cruise.