"Mission: Impossible 7" Bike Stunt Causes On-Set Explosion
The production of Mission: Impossible 7 really is pushing the "impossible" part to the limit. First, the film had to overcome local issues over a bridge stunt, which was luckily cleared up by director/writer Christopher McQuarrie (See the explanation here). But now, after six weeks of preparation and construction, a stunt sequence involving a motorcycle that was being shot in the UK (And is among one of the most expensive ever filmed in the country), as gone horribly wrong.
According to the source, the following incident occurred:
“When it came to the big day, it went horribly wrong. 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.
Unfortunately, it was miscalculated. 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.”
As mentioned in quote, nobody was injured but the incident along with the fire that erupted on set will cost the production a lot of time and money. The scene is said to take place in a quarry and is described as a “snow scene”. The film's lead star, Tom Cruise, was actually on his way to the quarry to film part of the sequence himself when a stuntman’s motorcycle exploded after taking off from a ramp. The set has been temporarily shut down as executives are trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. This following the film's months-long delay due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Mission: Impossible 7 co-stars Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales. It is set to hit theaters November 19, 2021, followed by an untitled eighth installment being released on November 4, 2022.