The Hollywood Reporter revealed Friday that the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody had halted production because of the “unexpected unavailability” of director Bryan Singer. Now comes word that Singer has been fired from the oft-delayed project.
In a statement obtained by ABC News, Twentieth Century Fox has announced, “Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio’s decision to oust Singer cames after a growing conflict between lead actor Rami Malek, who’s playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and the director, apparently over Bryan being frequently absent from the set.
Singer’s no-shows reportedly led Malek to lodge a complaint with the studio about the director being unprofessional and unreliable. At one point, tensions apparently led to Singer throwing an object at Malek, although the two are said to have eventually resolved their conflict.
Another actor, Tom Hollander, who’s playing Queen manager Jim Beach, reportedly briefly quit the movie in response to Singer’s erratic behavior. The Hollywood Reporter says that cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to fill in as director on a number of occasions when Singer didn’t show up on set.
The Hollywood Reporter cites sources as saying that that Singer did not return to the London set after a Thanksgiving holiday break. A rep for the director told the BBC that Singer is dealing with “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family” and that he’d hoped to get back to work on the movie after the holidays.
Principal photography on the movie began this past September, and is expected to take about two more weeks to complete. A new director is expected to be revealed within a few days.
Bohemian Rhapsody currently is scheduled to premiere in December 2018.
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