Bryan Singer disputes Fox's reason for his 'Bohemian Rhapsody' firing

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Following a tumultuous few months on set, Bryan Singer has been fired as director of the Queen biopic 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.

The confrontations between Singer and Malek are said to have never become "physical", but the director did throw "an object" (chair? mic stand? glitter?) at his front man at one point. The news falls in line with reports from Variety last week that stated producers at 20th Century Fox, New Regency and Graham King said filming was suspended because of Singer's "unexpected unavailability".

Over the weekend, Fox confirmed that the film had been temporarily shutdown, with Singer's representatives issuing a statement about the director dealing with a health matter.

After what appears to have been a reconciliation between the director and actor, Singer then pulled another disappearing act and did not return to the set after the Thanksgiving break.

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. Fox has promised to name a new director soon.

It's said that Singer was suffering from post-traumatic stress due to the incidents that happened on the set of the film. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control". In Singer's absence, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly stepped in to direct. He cited a "gravely ill parent", and whilst admitting to creative differences at times with Rami Malek, "Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving".

That prompted the studio to suspend production with three weeks of principal photography left before eventually firing Singer on Monday.

Bohemian Rhapsody is now still scheduled for a December 2018 release date.

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