M:I 6 - Mission Impossible will go on hiatus while Tom Cruise recovers from his recent on-set injuries but the film remains on schedule to open next summer.

It was previously reported that the weekend stunt injuries sustained by the 55-year-old star while working on the movie could see production on the spy thriller shut down for between six weeks to three months, but director Christopher McQuarrie says production is still on target.

Speaking to Empire, he said while the length of the break is unknown, the release date of July 27, 2018 won't be changed.

"We’ll assess what there is to be shot. And what we can shoot, and then what we’ll do is once we’ve shot through that we’ll go on a hiatus and then I’ll shift my attention over to editorial," McQuarrie said.

"We’ve already shot a huge chunk of the movie so you’re just taking a big chunk of post-production and moving it up sooner.

"Then we go back to shooting when the hiatus is over, which is to the full benefit of the movie. It’s similar to situations I’ve had on other movies where, for whatever reason, you go on hiatus and you’re able to look at the movie in a way you normally couldn’t and reevaluate.

"The lesson I learned on Valkyrie, which had its share of difficulties in production, and we always used to say ‘disaster is an opportunity to excel’."

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Cruise suffered the injuries in London while filming a stunt in which he tried to jump the gap between two buildings while wearing a harness. It was speculated that he fell short and hit a wall, before climbing up onto the building and hobbling away, but McQuarrie has said in a way it was a stunt that went right.

"The speculation was that Tom had somehow missed or fell short. The truth is that the stunt was never designed for Tom to jump from rooftop to rooftop which a) would have been pretty boring and b) when you see the actual shot you'll understand how it was designed.

"Also, when you look at what was posted on the internet, you can see Tom do the same stunt multiple times. He was always supposed to slam into the side of the building. That’s what gives the stunt its energy. He was completely safe the entire time he was doing that. He was padded. 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. He knew the instant that he hit the building that his ankle was broken. You can see it on his face. We had four cameras rolling on it, and you can see it on the video that’s on the internet.

"He knew in that instant, ‘well, we’re not coming back here. We’re not doing this again today’. So he got up and powered through the shot, and then he got off-camera and as soon as he knew he was off-camera he went down. He knew that was the only way to preserve the shot. I don’t know that I would have the wherewithal to do that."

Cruise is famed for doing his own stunt work. For 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol he hung off the side of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

For 2015's Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation Cruise was strapped to the side of a plane as it took off for that film's breathtaking opening sequence.

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Cruise will next be seen in cinemas opposite Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson in the drugs thriller American Made. It opens on August 25. 

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