FilmBryan Singer Fired From Directing Freddie Mercury Biopic After On Set Drama Written by Alexander Kacala
05 December, 2017, 01:08
Bryan Singer has just been fired as the director of the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. In one instance, a cinematographer had to fill in to direct during a "non-showing" of Singer. The two soon patched things up and planned to continue working together, though Singer never returned to set following the holiday break.
The growing tension led to a confrontation between Singer and Malek, which, while it did not become physical between the two did involve Singer throwing an object. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio made a decision to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.
Further, star Rami Malek - who is playing Freddie Mercury in the film - complained about Singer's numerous absences, unreliability and unprofessionalism.
Whatever Singer's reasons are for abandoning Bohemian Rhapsody, he'll now be forced to watch Fox and producer Graham King hire someone else to finish the film.
Twentith Century Fox released the following statement to THR: "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody." .
The director has yet to comment and has been absent from the set since Thanksgiving, despite being due back in London five days ago. There are two weeks of principal photography left, and it is expected Twentieth Century Fox will announce a replacement director in the coming days.
Sources tell the publication that Singer's unprofessional behaviour on and off set resulted in multiple complaints to the studio.
Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for US release December 25, 2018.