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Bryan Singer has been up to shenanigans on the set of Bohemian Rhapsody and Fox isn’t having it.
With only two weeks of principal photography left on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer has been shown the door. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director, best known for his work on the X-Men films, Fox had just finally had enough with the director.
According to sources, Singer had been butting heads with actor Rami Malek, the man playing Freddie Mercury, and had even failed to show up for work some days. This led to cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel picking up the slack on those days. As the shoot wore on it apparently got so bad that the Directors Guild of America even sent an observer to the set to see what was happening.
The film broke for the Thanksgiving holiday, and when production resumed Singer didn’t show up. Sigel picked up some of the shooting, but after a weeklong absence by Singer, the film was paused by his “unexpected unavailability.” Sources are saying that Singer is claiming PTSD from the flare-ups with Malek, but the actor had already gone to the studio and told them how unprofessional singer was being. Tom Hollander, who is playing Queen band manager Jim Beach, also had issues and temporarily walked away from the film due to Singer’s antics until he was lured back.
Fox has now fired Singer who had a pay-or-play contract and a new director is being sought to wrap up the film.
It has not been a good year for directors with Lord & Miller being fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story, Trevorrow being fired from Star Wars Episode IX and now this.
To be fair, Singer has a reputation for being flighty, so this isn’t a huge surprise. Apparently, he was warned by the studio before production began to behave, but it seems that was just not in the cards.
Fox is expected to name a new director within a few days.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter .