Bryan Singer Fired from 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Film

Danny Woods
December 5, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Twentieth Century Fox has fired Bryan Singer from Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic he was directing. The news comes days after production on the film was shut down due to Singer's "unexpected unavailability". At one point, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel was forced to step and and take on the directorial duties in his stead.

Singer's disappearances also reportedly caused problems with his cast, including Tom Hollander, who plays Queen's manager and reportedly threatened to quit the film over Singer's behavior.

But then Singer did not return to the set after the Thanksgiving break and is believed to have been in the US for about the last ten days, according to one source. Although it was said that thee two reconciled their differences, Singer failed to return to the set after the holiday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer's ousting from the movie came in the form of a simple statement from the studio, reading, "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody". "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek has reportedly also clashed with Singer on set after the star allegedly complained to the studio saying Singer was absent too often, was unreliable and unprofessional. When Sigel had to step in again, the studio made a decision to terminate Singer (who has a pay-or-play contract) and shut production down until they sorted the mess left by their wayward director.

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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.

According to another source, Singer claims that his absence was due to him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from the tense situation on set. 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.

Studio representatives declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Singer's departure or future plans for the film, which is now slated for a December 2018 release.

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