Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Freddie Mercury Biopic After On-Set Drama

Ruben Ruiz
December 5, 2017

It is being reported that production for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been put on hold after the film's director/producer Bryan Singer had been fired. Fox had to shut down production on December 1 because Singer's absences caused a growing rift between the filmmaker and star Rami Malek, who complained to Fox, "charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism". His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was absent.

In the film, Malek plays Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. He apparently n ever returned following a Thanksgiving break.

20 Century Fox had to temporarily stop the production of Queen's biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" due to director-producer Bryan Singer's current health situation.

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The movie's star, Rami Malek, reportedly clashed with Singer over being unprofessional. While it didn't get physical, it's claimed that Singer threw an object. When Sigel had to step in again, the studio made a decision to terminate Singer (who has a pay-or-play contract) and shut production down until they sorted the mess left by their wayward director. There are two weeks of principal photography left, and it is expected Twentieth Century Fox will announce a replacement director in the coming days.

This was the last straw for the studio heads, who opted to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

This is by no means the first time that Singer's behavior has been called into question. You can't just disappear when the tough gets going, and from the outside, it appears that's exactly what Singer did here - to a studio that stuck by the X-Men filmmaker through some hard times and troubling speculation, no less.

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