Bryan Singer fired from Freddie Mercury biopic

Henrietta Brewer
December 5, 2017

Director Bryan Singer has been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A studio insider then told the Tracking Board that Singer's firing under the pay-or-play provision of his contract "was in the best interest of the film" due to the director's "pattern of unexpected unavailability" throughout the production. His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was missing.

There have been rumors of Singer clashing with star Rami Malek since production began, most notably due to Singer's absence and his "unreliability and unprofessionalism".

Tom Hollander also reportedly quit his role as band manager Jim Beach before being convinced to return to the movie. It was reported the two settled their differences, and filming was set to resume-that was until Singer fired. Now the studio is reporting that Singer's truancy is one of the reasons for his termination.

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. His prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio made a decision to terminate his contract.

Fox promises a new director will be named soon.

However, this all occurred before Singer failed to show up on set after the Thanksgiving weekend. There are two weeks of principal photography left, and it is expected Twentieth Century Fox will announce a replacement director in the coming days.

Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for US release December 25, 2018.

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