Fox Fires Bryan Singer from Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

12/05/2017

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has lost its director, Bryan Singer, in the middle of production.

 

Bryan Singer has been fired from the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after complaints of absences and unprofessional behavior on the set. Production on the movie was halted this past week, after Singer failed to return to the Bohemian Rhapsody set following a break in filming for the Thanksgiving holiday. A representative for Singer eventually released a statement claiming that his absence was due to “a personal health matter,” but did not elaborate on the subject beyond that.

The film, a biopic about famed Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, has been in production for a long time with Singer posting many behind-the-scenes images and videos on his Instagram. “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek has reportedly also clashed with Singer on set after the star allegedly complained to the studio saying Singer was absent too often, was unreliable and unprofessional. The director was reportedly warned by the studio prior to production beginning about his professionalism, but tensions eventually boiled over into a nearly physical altercation as Singer threw an object at Maleek at one point, who has earned a reputation as one of the most polite and affable actors in the industry.

The duo reportedly settled their differences and production was expected to resume. However, the final straw reportedly came when Singer did not return to the London set after Thanksgiving, with reports indicating he was still in the U.S.

Bohemian Rhapsody has only two weeks left of principal photography and is expected to officially recruit a replacement director within the next few business days. There’s no word yet on whether Fox has any plans to push the film’s theatrical release date back, though seeing how far away it is at the moment (December 2018, to be exact), that seems unlikely, even in the wake of Singer being fired.