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

Director Bryan Singer. Image from Twitter/@SuperBroMovies

The trade writes that the studio chose to ax Singer after the director disappeared from set and allegedly got into a confrontation with star Rami Malek, who plays the late Freddie Mercury in the film. In his multiple absences, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to handle directing duties. The Queen biopic stars Mr. Robot lead Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury and is set for release on Christmas Day 2018.

All parties allegedly settled their differences prior to Thanksgiving, but when Bryan Singer didn't return to set after the holiday, Fox was left with no choice. News about Singer being the reason behind this halt came from one of his representatives, who revealed that the break in production was due to "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family".

In a statement, they said simply Singer "is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody". Malek also reportedly filed complaints to Fox, citing Singer's disappearing acts as contributing to his unreliability and overall unprofessionalism.

Neither Singer or Malek have commented publicly on the move at this time. A representative from the Directors Guild of America also arrived on set to monitor the situation. Instead, it's believe that he's spent the last 10 days in the United States. According to THR, there was no physical contact but Singer did throw an object at Malek.

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The studio ended up terminating Singer's employment under his pay-or-play contract, which, as far as I understand it, means that Singer was paid in full even though he ended up getting fired.

The two have apparently patched things up now, but one insider told the Reporter that Singer is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder because of the set's tense atmosphere.

It is expected to hit theaters on December 25, 2018.

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