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Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Freddie Mercury Biopic After On-Set Drama

05 December 2017, 01:08 | Melissa Porter

Katy Perry in 2012 Credit AP

Katy Perry in 2012

Bryan Singer has been fired from directing the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody". It was also due in part to Singer's "unexpected unavailability" that was announced over the weekend.

Singer's constant absence even resulted in the film's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, to step in as director for multiple days when Singer didn't show.

Malek complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism. Tom Hollander (About Time, In the Loop) plays Queen's manager in Bohemian Rhapsody and according to THR, he briefly quit the project because of how hard it was working with Singer, though he ultimately returned.

The film's studio, 20th Century Fox, issued a simple statement to the outlet: "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody".

Neither Singer or Malek have commented publicly on the move at this time.

The two eventually made a decision to move forward, but after Singer did not return to the set after Thanksgiving - he's reportedly told people he's been suffering P.T.S.D. because of on-set friction - Sigel directed several scenes and production was stopped.

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 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.

Production was shut down on the movie, which stars Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, after Singer stopped showing up to work.

Well, small wonder, because Fox has now informed The Hollywood Reporter that Singer has been straight FIRED!

Word around town is that Fox has been having discreet discussions with replacement helmers to finish the film, even before the studio halted production today. The new filmmaker will complete the final two weeks of principal photography.

Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for US release December 25, 2018.

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