Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic After On-Set Chaos

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Bryan Singer has been fired from the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed.  “Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody,” the studio said in a statement.Bryan Singer

The decision reflected a growing clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by Singer’s being missing from the set, necessitating the Dec. 1 production shut-down of the film in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen, which has been shooting in London.

 

In announcing the shut down last week, producers Fox, New Regency and Graham King initially said filming was being suspended because of Singer’s “unexpected unavailability.”

 

Trouble began when Singer went absent during production on several occasions. His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was missing.

Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, also is said to have briefly quit the film because of Singer’s behavior, but was persuaded to return, according to one source.

 

Malek complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.

 

Singer had been warned before production began by both Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that they wouldn’t tolerate any unprofessional behavior on his part. A representative from the Directors Guild of America also arrived on set to monitor the situation.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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