Filming halted due to the coronavirus; the set closed temporarily after a stunt-gone-wrong resulted in a devastating fire. . . the mission is starting to look rather impossible.
The seventh instalment in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise has once again been put on hold after a fire erupted on its R45-million set.
This came after a stuntman’s motorcycle was engulfed in flames following a stunt that required him to jump from a ramp, Daily Mail reports.
Fortunately the motorcycle landed on cardboard-stuffed pillows and the stuntman wasn’t injured in the process. But the damage to the set, which is in Oxfordshire in England, is quite substantial.
The action sequence is one of the most expensive to have been filmed in the United Kingdom and took six weeks to prepare.
“This has been a massive challenge to stage and has cost a fortune, not to mention weeks and weeks of construction,” a source told The Sun. “But when it came to the big day, it went horribly wrong.”
Leading man Tom (58), who was filming with
a parachute in a nearby field, is reportedly furious.
He apparently checked out the stunt set-up just the day before the incident.
“The idea was for the stuntman to land on some huge pillows filled with card to cushion the blow, while the bike safely crashed to the ground a few metres away,” the source adds.
“Unfortunately, it was miscalculated.”
The heat and the friction of the tyres caused the cardboard padding to erupt in flames as the bike crashed.
The source adds that the billowing smoke was so bad, a nearby Royal Airforce field had to be closed.
“Fortunately, nobody was hurt but it’s a total catastrophe,” the insider says. “Not to mention extremely expensive for all concerned. Tom is very frustrated. Nobody wants more delays.”
The set has been temporarily closed as producers investigate what went wrong.
When the coronavirus broke out in Italy
earlier this year, filming was paused due to health concerns, BBC reports.
Italy quickly became the global epicentre of the deadly pandemic.
The film has also been marred in controversy.
Just this month, it was reported that the film crew were planning to destroy a Polish bridge that is over a century old for a proposed scene in the film.
Director Christopher McQuarrie quickly issued a statement saying the reports were false, NME reports.
Christopher believes the misinformation was spread by an unnamed individual who retaliated because they had not secured work on the film.
Although the production has faced multiple setbacks, the film is set to be released in 2021.