Director Bryan Singer fired from upcoming Queen biopic

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Fox had given a similarly terse statement on December 1 when it announced, "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

Director Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic he'd been directing, according to a source close to Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind the project. While Singer acknowledged creative differences with Malek, he told THR that they worked through them, dismissing the idea that differences between the two had anything to do with his departure from the film.

Singer then addressed reports that his termination was catalyzed by a non-physical confrontation with Malek that allegedly ended in Singer throwing an object.

Bryan Singer was just fired from the upcoming Queen biopic he was supposed to direct.

News of trouble started brewing on Friday, when it was reported that production was suspended due to Singer's "unexpected availability".

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Whatever Singer's reasons are for abandoning Bohemian Rhapsody, he'll now be forced to watch Fox and producer Graham King hire someone else to finish the film. There are two weeks of principal photography left on the film, T.H.R. notes. His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was absent.

Malek apparently complained to the studio about Singers unreliability and unprofessionalism.

This is yet another setback for a film that has gone through a few different directors and lead actors over the years, with Sacha Baron Cohen notably attached to star most recently. It was at this time Fox chose to fire him under his pay-or-play contract. A new director is expected to be announced this week.

According to insiders, Singer is claiming he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions from the on-set drama. Singer is known for directing films like The Usual Suspects, X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns.

Studio representatives declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Singer's departure or future plans for the film, which is now slated for a December 2018 release.

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