Director Bryan Singer Fired From Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Camille Rivera
December 5, 2017

There are two weeks of principal photography left, and it is expected Twentieth Century Fox will announce a replacement director in the coming days. The director was reportedly warned by the studio prior to production beginning about his professionalism, but tensions eventually boiled over into a almost physical altercation between the director and the film's star that resulted in Singer allegedly throwing something. Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play Mercury, but quit after arguments with Queen band members, while Dexter Fletcher was originally set to direct but quit in 2014 over "creative differences". Last week, sources said that Fox was discreetly canvassing directors to replace Singer, even before production shuttered.

Actor Rami Malek, who is portraying Mercury, lodged an official complaint to Fox concerning Singer's "unreliability and unprofessionalism", Variety says.

After taking a leave of absence to deal with "health reasons", Twentieth Century Fox has officially fired Bryan Singer from their seemingly doomed Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer has left the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the middle of production. The firing is apparently the result of the escalating friction between the director and actor Rami Malek, who is playing the lead role. The 52-year-old had previously directed The Usual Suspects, four X-Men movies and Superman Returns, among others. Singer has also reportedly claimed that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the on set tensions. Production on the movie, which has been shooting across the pond in London, was shut down on December 1 after Singer did not return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday.

This is not first time that Singer has disappeared during a production.

Fox promises a new director will be named soon.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2018.

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