Production on Queen biopic halted due to Bryan Singer's 'unexpected unavailability'


Twentieth Century Fox confirmed that it had fired the director after he became unreliable, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade writes that the studio chose to ax Singer after the director disappeared from set and allegedly got into a confrontation with star Rami Malek, who plays the late Freddie Mercury in the film.

Singer's constant absence even resulted in the film's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, to step in as director for multiple days when Singer didn't show. Sources close to the outlet state that Tom Hollander, who portrays Queen band manager Jim Beach, "briefly quit the film" due to Singer's erratic behavior, though he was ultimately "persuaded to return".

This behavior comes at the same time that past allegations of the director's sexual misconduct have begun to surface, which have all been denied by Singer. Now the studio is reporting that Singer's truancy is one of the reasons for his termination.

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The film's studio, 20th Century Fox, issued a simple statement to the outlet: "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody".

A new story from The Hollywood Reporter makes specific mention of tension between Singer and Malek.

The Queen film, entitled Bohemian Rhapsody, stars actor Rami Malek as legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

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This was the last straw for the studio heads, who opted to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

Filming has been halted on the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. There are still two more weeks of filming left on the schedule, so expect them to move fast to find a replacement, as the film remains slated for December 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for USA release December 25, 2018.

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