Fans of the Cinemax original series “Strike Back,” some bad news: Production on the action drama’s fourth and final season has been put on a lengthy hiatus due to star Sullivan Stapleton‘s recent off-set injury.
The series was at work in Bangkok, Thailand when Stapleton experienced a rather serious injury while exploring the exotic locale during his free time. As the series requires he and his co-lead Philip Winchester be in peak physical condition, production will break for six months to allow the actor to fully recover.
Work in Thailand will continue, as schedule, through March, with the series filming around the injured actor, who had already filmed a majority of his scenes to work around the promotional duties for his upcoming film, “300: Rise of an Empire.”
Once work in Thailand wrapped, the series was due to move to Hungary, but will instead break until the fall. The hiatus will likely impact the premiere date of the final season, which was to bow later this year, though that has yet to be confirmed.
HBO/Cinemax and its “Strike Back” production partners, Sky and Left Bank Pictures issued the following statement: “After an off-set accident involving Sullivan Stapleton, there has been a
change in the ‘Strike Back’ production schedule. Following completion of
shooting in Thailand, production in Hungary will be on hiatus to allow
him time to recover. We plan on resuming production in the fall.
HBO/Cinemax, Sky and Left Bank Pictures all join in wishing Sullivan a
full and speedy recovery.”