Cinemax's Strike Back Eyes Production Hiatus, Possible Season 4 Delay, After Star's Injury

Strike Back Sullivan StapletonStrike Back might have to unleash its final season later than anticipated, as Sullivan Stapleton, who stars as Sgt. Damien Scott, recovers from a serious, undisclosed injury sustained off-set.

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Per our sister site Deadline, though Stapleton had pre-filmed some scenes so as to free up time to promote his upcoming film 300: Rise Of An Empire, production on the Cinemax series will continue through March, shooting around his absence, but then pause for six months, as Stapleton recuperates and returns to the peak physical condition needed for the action- and stunt-heavy drama.

As such, there stands the chance that Strike Back‘s final 10-episode season won’t premiere in late summer as projected.

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A statement from HBO/Cinemax and its Strike Back producing partners, posted to Deadline, reads: “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.”

Comments (9)

  • Perhaps it’s a brain injury from reading

    Comment by Et al – February 26, 2014 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • One of the scripts (whoops. I deserved that one).

      Comment by Et al – February 26, 2014 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ohhh no I hope he has a speedy recovery, Strike Back is my favorite show :(

    Comment by Pati – February 26, 2014 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope it isn’t too serious whatever the injury is. Sucks that there is a potential delay, but his health is most important.

    Comment by Don J – February 26, 2014 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 6 months after March that’s makes 7. So what did he break – his arms, legs, shoulder… Guess we’ll find out when he starts all those 300 promotion.

    Comment by ComeOn! – February 27, 2014 03:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you follow the link to Deadline, he likely won’t be doing 300 promotion as a result.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 27, 2014 05:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, I hope he’s OK.

    Comment by Dav – February 27, 2014 03:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show. I hope he’ll be ok soon.

    Comment by ScorpionGlow – February 27, 2014 03:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love and will miss this show. Hoping he has a speedy recovery.

    Comment by Laurie Emerson – February 27, 2014 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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