NJ director Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic

Katy Perry in 2012

Director Bryan Singer has been fired from "Bohemian Rhapsody", the Freddie Mercury bio-pic, after not showing up on set for at least 10 days.

The director of the new Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been fired due to "unreliable behaviour" as speculation of on-set chaos rumble on. The studio made the decision after Singer failed to return to the set after the Thanksgiving break. The film was put on hold December 1, and Singer was terminated on December 4.

As previously reported, production was unexpectedly halted after Thanksgiving, with Singer's temporary unavailability cited as the reason for the holdup.

The Hollywood Reporter said that Singer had been warned before production began by two top Fox Film executives, CEO Stacey Snider and President of Production Emma Watts, not to engage in any unprofessional behavior. In Singer's absence, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly stepped in to direct. His company also produced or co-produced The Gifted, Legion, and House.

After Singer's departure from the film was announced on Monday (04Dec17), The Hollywood Reporter claimed the filmmaker was sacked over alleged issues with Rami Malek, who is portraying Mercury in the biopic.

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.

So we are presented with two stories: one where an irresponsible director with a history of abandoning his sets flakes on a production and leaves a cast, crew and studio in a jam and another where cold-hearted studio brass refused to let a director go home to visit sick family.

The representative added in a statement at the time: "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays". It is set for release on December 25th 2018 in the States and December 28th 2018 in the United Kingdom and features a cast that includes Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Aaron McCusker as Jim Hutton, Aidan Gillen as John Reid, Tom Hollander as Jim Beach, Allen Leech as Paul Prenter and Mike Myers in an as-yet-unrevealed role.

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