But Singer's "unexpected unavailability" meant cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel was forced to assume directorial duties for a number of days, leaving Fox with little choice but to remove Bryan Singer from his post. Egan sued Singer in Hawaii on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy.
What do you think of Dexter Fletcher replacing Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody? Whether Fletcher or Singer will ultimately take final director credit on the movie remains to be seen. Singer's unreliable behavior is said to have become untenable for the studio.
Singer apparently has a reputation for pulling disappearing acts while filming.
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Late last week, Fox put a hold on the production when it was reported that Singer had not been showing up to set. Malek's co-star Tom Hollander reportedly even quit the movie at one time due to Singer's behaviour, but was persuaded to return.
With Fletcher at the helm, production is expected to resume next week. This will be a good warm up for him as he's previously been tapped to direct an upcoming biopic with singer Elton John as the subject. While some reports attributed his absence to clashes with the film's star, Rami Malek, Singer himself downplayed any discord, and explained he simply needed to take some time off to deal with a family matter involving his mother's health.
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For his part, Singer accused Fox of refusing to give him time off to deal with health issues of one of his parents.
After his removal from the film, Singer's production company, Bad Hat Harry, vacated its offices on the Twentieth Century Fox lot. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.
The film has temporarily suspended production and is back in limbo as it searches for a new director. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".
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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.