Fox Has Fired Bryan Singer From Directing The Highly-Hyped 'Queen' Biopic

Fox Has Fired Bryan Singer From Directing The Highly-Hyped 'Queen' Biopic

Fox has halted production on the studio's Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, due to the "unexpected unavailability" of director Bryan Singer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a representative has stated that Singer is no longer at the helm, after not returning to set following the Thanksgiving break. While Singer acknowledged creative differences with Malek, he told THR that they worked through them, dismissing the idea that differences between the two had anything to do with his departure from the film.

The growing tension led to a confrontation between Singer and Malek, which, while it did not become physical, did involve Singer throwing an object.

When Singer boarded Bohemian Rhapsody, he described his vision for the movie as something the entire family could enjoy.

Despite being over a year away, one of next year's most anticipated movies was quickly pegged to be already Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody. Several days later, Fox announced he'd been removed from the project; according to rumors reported by film industry trades Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the set had devolved into "chaos", and Singer's relationship with star Rami Malek had turned openly confrontational.

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Much like Solo - which was nearing the end of its shoot when Lord & Miller parted ways with Disney - Bohemian Rhapsody only had roughly two weeks before wrapping principal photography. It was at this time Fox made a decision to fire him under his pay-or-play contract. There was also apparently an incident that a cinematographer had no choice but to step in to take on the directing duties because Singer did not show up on set at all.

Singer's disappearances also reportedly caused problems with his cast, including Tom Hollander, who plays Queen's manager and reportedly threatened to quit the film over Singer's behavior.

Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 25, 2018. Now, 20th Century Fox have confirmed that he is no longer directing the film.

The studio are yet to respond to Singer's latest claims, but are reportedly looking to find a new director in the coming days. He momentarily vanished during the shooting of X-Men: Apocalypse and during Superman Returns.

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