Bryan Singer Fired from Queen Biopic
The upcoming film about Queen, and its lead singer Freddie Mercury, has lost its director.
Twentieth Century Fox announced in an official statement earlier today that Bryan Singer is no longer attached to “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but did not give a reason for his termination.
According to inside sources, Singer – who directed The Usual Suspects, four X-Men movies and Superman Returns – was fired for “a pattern of unreliable behaviour on the set”.
Earlier this week, production was temporarily shut down so that Singer could attend to “a personal health matter”.
According to reports, the 52-year-old director failed to return to the shoot after the Thanksgiving break.
Unhappiness has been brewing during production for some time, as Singer has failed to show up to the London set on multiple occasions.
The director also repeatedly clashed with the film’s leading man, 36-year-old Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the biopic.
Malek, who won an Emmy Award in 2016 for his performance in American TV series Mr. Robot, reportedly complained to the studio about Singer’s unprofessionalism on behalf of the cast.
Last week, sources said that Fox was discreetly looking for directors to replace Singer, even before production was halted.
Singer has denied allegations of unprofessionalism and of conflict with Malek. The director says that with fewer than three weeks left to shoot, he asked Fox for some time off to care for his sick mother, as well as look after his own health.
Singer added: “I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honour the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first.”