- Director Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
- This follows Singer being absent from set on numerous occasions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- The movie’s star, Rami Malek, reportedly clashed with Singer over being unprofessional.
20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer from its Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the studio confirmed to Business Insider.
The movie was in chaos, according to The Hollywood Reporter, due to Singer’s clashes with the movie’s star, Rami Malek, and his absences from set. Singer’s absence led to production in London shutting down on December 1. In a separate story, THR wrote that Singer was absent because he had to tend to a parent who is “gravely ill.”
Singer said in a statement to THR:
“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.”
In the film, Malek plays Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. The movie has two more weeks of principal photography remaining. A new director will be named within the next few days, according to THR.
THR reported that Singer was absent during production on several occasions. In some instances, the movie’s cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, had to take the directing reins in Singer’s absence. Before Thanksgiving, Malek confronted Singer about being unprofessional, however it did not get physical and according to the trade, the two settled their differences.
However, Singer did not return to set after the Thanksgiving break.
“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” a 20th Century Fox spokesperson told Business Insider Monday.
Singer is known best for directing movies like “The Usual Suspects” and numerous “X-Men” movies.