Rocket fire halts filming in Israel

The production of “Tyrant” is leaving Tel Aviv because of the ongoing rocket fire in Israel.

The television drama will move its operations to Istanbul, Turkey, Variety reported July 16. Air raid sirens and ongoing rocket fire from Gaza have disrupted the production, and members of the cast and crew have posted on social media about the stresses of running to bomb shelters.

“Tyrant” was developed by “Homeland” creators Howard Gordon and Israeli director and scriptwriter Gideon Raff for American cable and satellite channel FX.

The show’s producers reportedly hope to return the production to Israel if the situation allows it.

“Tyrant” is set in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Abbudin. Parts of the series, including scenes inside a luxurious palace which is a duplicate of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s residence, were filmed on a set built in the Israeli city of Kfar Saba. Additional scenes were slated to be filmed in Kfar Saba.

Meanwhile, executives of the USA Network’s “Dig,” which had been filming in and around Jerusalem, are waiting to determine their next move, according to a report in TV Guide. The show, also created by Raff,  was on hiatus when Operation Protective Edge began last week. The break will be extended by several days at least.

“Our first priority is the safety of our cast and crew,” said a statement from Universal Cable Productions, according to TV Guide. “We will continue to assess the situation and plan accordingly.”


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