Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Post Bryan Singer's firing, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' gets new director

Post Bryan Singer's firing, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' gets new director

Bryan Singer is no longer helming the highly anticipated Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody".

As of now, Bohemian Rhapsody is without a director, but no announcements have been made on the change of release date.

Fletcher (who last directed Eddie The Eagle) will pick up filming on the movie next week, with around two weeks' worth of photography left to complete. Malek has yet to comment on Singer's exit.

Bohemian Rhapsody has indeed been a pet project of Singer's for years, going through a number of leading men-including Sacha Baran Cohen and out actor Ben Whishaw.

Fox had given a similarly terse statement on December 1 when it announced, "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". There have been rumors surrounding Singer and the production for some time, including that film took breaks more than once because of the mercurial director going AWOL from the London shoot. Singer claimed the studio refused to allow him to tend to "a gravely ill parent" as well as to his own health.

The move comes just days after production on the flick, which stars Rami Malek as flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, was shut down due to Singer's sudden "unexpected availability". Singer, who has several times been the defendant in sexual assault lawsuits, is said to have clashed with "Bohemian Rhapsody" star Rami Malek and another star, and being frequently absent from the set.

Singer's production company, Bad Hat Harry, was kicked off the Twentieth Century Fox lot. Production was first suspended, then Singer was sacked on December 4. On some occasions, cinematographer and frequent Singer collaborator Thomas Newton Sigel stepped in to direct during Singer's absences.

USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Singer. Numerous actors, including Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw, were attached to play Mercury, and the number of writers and directors involved with it is almost as long as Queen's list of top 40 hits. "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays". This isn't the first time the director has failed to show up on set, with similar incidents reported during shooting for "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Superman Returns".

A source also said this week that Tom Hollander, who plays Jim Beach, departed the film due to Singer's behavior, but was persuaded to return.

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