Following last week's announcement that 20th Century Fox had halted production on Queen biopicBohemian Rhapsody due to the "unexpected unavailability" of director Bryan Singer, the studio has fired Singer with just three weeks of filming remaining. The production, which has been shooting in London, was forced to shut down December 1 because of the director's absences.
Now, with Fletcher at the helm, all involved will be hoping that the film can wrap up the roughly two weeks of shooting left and still make its planned 25 December 2018 release date in the States (with United Kingdom audiences seeing it on 28 December). With "Bohemian Rhapsody" almost completed, a new director is needed to either finish Singer's job or start from scratch.
"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine". These clashes reportedly led to accusations of unprofessionalism against Singer, which culminated when the "X-Men" director neglected to show up to the London set after Thanksgiving. Singer's company was given a stay of execution while he completed work on "Bohemian Rhapsody". "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control". The Hollywood Reporter painted a picture of a fraught shoot in which tensions between Singer and star Rami Malek were so high that Singer was throwing things at Malek, who was angry about Singer's repeated absences from set during shooting. Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly filled in for him on some of the days he was gone.
Like The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer was art-house post-child before being plucked from relative security to helm an A-list superhero blockbuster in the early 2000s. But by Wednesday, a new director was announced: Dexter Fletcher.
Singer has subsequently released a statement of his own, with his representatives saying that "this is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family".
"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", 20th Century Fox spokesman Dan Berger confirmed to USA TODAY Monday in a statement. That remains unconfirmed for now, but it's clear that there's some trouble brewing behind the scenes and we can only hope that it all gets resolved sooner rather than later.
Singer was also said to have gotten into a dispute with Malek, and though it didn't get physical, Singer was said to have thrown an object at him.
Singer's replacement, Fletcher, most recently made a film about another famous British man: ski jumper Eddie Edwards, who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics.