Mission: Impossible 7, starring Tom Cruise, may be delayed further after an action sequence went wrong when a motorbike caught on fire on the £2million set.
Tom Cruise was filming a different scene at the time of the accident and fortunately, his stuntman who did the motorbike action shot is not injured due to the incident.
The stuntman’s bike was said to have ‘exploded’ after being driven off a huge ramp, even though the cast and crew members had been preparing for the risky action sequence for several weeks before the accident.
A source told The Sun that the stuntman was meant to land on big pillows which had been filled with card to soften his fall while his bike was meant to crash nearby. Though things did not happen as they were meant to and the motorbike hit the cushions starting a fire.
This action sequence was said to be one of the most expensive to be filmed in the UK.
At the time of the accident, Tom was filming with a parachute in a nearby field for a quarry ‘snow scene’ for his return as genius spy Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7.
A source told The Sun: “This has been a massive challenge to stage and has cost a fortune, not to mention weeks and weeks of construction. But when it came to the big day, it went horribly wrong.”
The source went on to say: “The heat and the friction of the tyres meant that when the bike crashed, the cardboard padding sparked and went up in flames. The smoke was so bad they had to close a nearby RAF airfield.”
“Fortunately, nobody was hurt but it’s a total catastrophe, not to mention extremely expensive for all concerned. Tom is very frustrated. Nobody wants more delays.” – The source added.
Oxfordshire Fire Service sent five engines and crews when the accident took place, with ambulances racing to the quarry to check on the stuntman and the members of the film’s cast and crew.
It has been said that the set of Mission: Impossible 7 has been ‘temporarily closed as movie bosses try to figure out what went wrong’.
The movie had already been delayed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, moving its release date from July 2021 to November 2021. Now the filming process has to hit pause again.
With this most recent accident, we may see Mission: Impossible 7 being pushed even further.
Besides Tom Cruise, the movie will see the likes of celebrities such as Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby, and Rebecca Ferguson taking on their well-known roles, so the movie will be worth the wait once they get back on track.