10:16am PT by Alex Ritman, Jackie Strause
'Mission: Impossible 6' Shoot on Hiatus After Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle
Tom Cruise's accident on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 has left the actor with a broken ankle.
"During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt," Paramount said Wednesday in a statement. "Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery."
The action tentpole 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 statement continued.
The actor, who is known for doing his own stunts, was injured this past weekend in London when jumping between buildings and slamming into a wall, leaving him limping. According to M:I6 director Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise didn't miss the mark and was always supposed to hit the wall. However, on the fourth take, Cruise hit at a slightly different angle and broke his ankle.
McQuarrie also tweeted that "Tom is on the mend." He also offered assurances that the film will meet its release date. Separately, McQuarrie explained the details of the stunt in an interview with Empire.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that production would be delayed by eight to nine weeks due to the incident.
The accident, which took place on the roof of Baynard House, an office block in the Blackfriars district of London, occurred Saturday. Sources say this was day 88 of the Mission: Impossible 6 shoot, which was due to carry on for another two months and into October.
Producers are keeping stages at the busy Leavesdon studios outside of London on hold to ensure they have them available when production starts again.
Mission: Impossible 6 also stars Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett and Alec Baldwin.
The 55-year-old actor has a history of performing difficult stunts, with his Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation plane sequence even serving as a key point in the film's marketing. The opening scene featured Cruise's Ethan Hunt hanging on to an Airbus 400 as it taxies down a runway and eventually takes off.
Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.