The coming Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has lost it’s director.
20th Century Fox said in a statement:
“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The firing of Singer allegedly came as a result of conflict between Singer and actor Rami Malek. Production on the film had been shut down on Dec. 1 due to Singer’s “unexpected unavailability.”
Singer fired back at the studio claiming they refused to allow him to tend to “a gravely ill parent.” He said in a statement:
I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor 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.”
Singer missed production on several occasions resulting in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in. Malek complained to the studio about both Singer’s absence and unprofessionalism. Tensions on the set erupted in an incident where Singer threw an object.
The two were said to have settled their differences. Singer added in hos statement:
““Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving.”
With only two more weeks of principal photography remaining on the film, the studio is expected to name a new director quickly. Stay tuned, kids…