Fox Halts Production on Queen Biopic Due to Bryan Singer Absence

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

"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", he said in the statement.

The confrontations between Singer and Malek are said to have never become "physical", but the director did throw "an object" (chair? mic stand? glitter?) at his front man at one point.

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

Allegedly, the trouble began when Singer went missing during the production on several occasions.

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"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine", Singer said via his attorney Andrew B. Brettler. Then yesterday, producers Fox stated - simply - that "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of "Bohemian Rhapsody". 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. Tom Hollander had also briefly quit the film, however he was later convinced to return.

Singer has since released his own statement in regards to the matter in which he denied that his differences with Malek were to blame for his dismissal, and that 20th Century Fox's unwillingness to cooperate with a personal matter was the final straw. There's about two more weeks of filming scheduled, but a replacement director has not been announced yet.

It wasn't until after Thanksgiving when Singer failed to return to set and is believed to have been in the USA for the last ten days. The star had reportedly complained to Fox about the director's unprofessional behavior. When news broke, it was detailed that the studio fired Singer under the "pay or play" portion of his contract after he failed to arrive on set. One source told THR Singer is claiming he's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of tension on the set. They also note that cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in and direct the film on the days that Singer was unexpectedly absent. He momentarily vanished during the shooting of X-Men: Apocalypse and during Superman Returns.

Despite the production for the Queen biopic put on ice and in a state of uncertainty, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is still slated to hit the theaters on its original release date of December 25, 2018.

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