Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Finds New Director After Bryan Singer Ousted

Prior to the drama surrounding the production of Bohemian Rhapsody, I was looking forward to the Queen biopic. But with a new director being brought in with just three weeks left of filming, I’m not confident the final product will be a masterpiece. Just look at the disjointed mess that was Justice League which saw Joss Whedon stepping in after Zack Snyder stepped down to deal with the death of his daughter.

Earlier this week, Bryan Singer was publicly fired from the highly-anticipated biopic. Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher has been hired to finish the last bit of filming which resumes in London next week. Despite the brief disruption, the film is still scheduled to arrive December 25, 2018.

If you have no idea why this director switch up happened, here’s a quick rundown. FOX announced on December 1 that production was halted due to the “unexpected unavailability” of director Bryan Singer. Days later, the studio released another statement publicly firing the director, “Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Reportedly, Singer and lead actor Rami Malik clashed. “The growing tension led to a confrontation between Singer and Malek, which, while it did not become physical, did involve Singer throwing an object. Subsequently, however, the two are said to have settled their differences and filming was expected to resume,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

However, Singer never returned to set after the Thanksgiving break. Malek then complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism. According to sources, Singer has developed a reputation for going AWOL mid-production. He did the same during X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns.

After FOX made the announcement, Singer responded with a statement of his own. He says the studio didn’t allow him to take time off to take care of his ailing parents.

“With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control. Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving. 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.”

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