Bryan Singer fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, blames Fox
BOHEMIAN Rhapsody director Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic for disappearing from set for several days.
Twentieth Century Fox said yesterday (Monday) in a statement: "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody."
The sacking follows rumours of animosity on set between the films star, Rami Malek, and the director, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Last Friday, the production – which was filming in London, UK – was halted “due to the unexpected unavailability” of the director.
But the 52-year-old director denied that his departure was down to disagreements on set with Malek.
Singer told The Hollywood Reporter: “Rumours 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.”
The New Yorker says he was forced to leave the set to tend to a family issue: “I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honour 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.
“Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine... With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the US 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."
The film had a rocky start from its inception in 2008, with Sacha Baron Cohen leaving the project due to creative differences in 2014.
While Les Miserables director Tom Hooper was originally rumoured to direct, he was never officially attached and as yet no replacement has been named.
Actors Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee star as Queen's other members.