Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Bryan Singer Has Officially Been Fired From The Freddie Mercury Biopic

Bryan Singer Has Officially Been Fired From The Freddie Mercury Biopic

A source close to the studio insisted to us that the release of the film was still on track for December 2018, but the only firm comment from Fox on the record is that "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". In some instances, the movie's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, had to take the directing reins in Singer's absence. According to THR, Malek complained about Singer to the studio, accusing him of not "not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism".

"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", was the studio's official statement.

As for the aforementioned clash between Singer and Malek, the tension came to a confrontation that didn't escalate to becoming physical, but did result in Singer throwing an unidentified object.

Singer has developed a reputation for disappearing mid-production, having also also gone missing during filming for Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio chose to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

However, Singer did not return to set after the Thanksgiving break.

Things got so bad on set that another source on the film revealed that Singer claims he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder "because of the tensions on the set".

Many thought this reasoning seemed fishy, as reports said that Singer and actor Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, feuded on set. The movie had been filming in London.

Fox is expected to announce a replacement director in the next few days.

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

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