Director Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Hollywood Reporter says the decision was made after escalating conflicts between Singer and actor Rami Malek, who is playing Freddie Mercury in the movie. Malek is also claiming that Singer has been missing from the set, unreliable, & unprofessional.
There were also reports that a non-physical confrontation between Singer and Malek resulted in the director throwing an object, but Singer says they had come to terms & were set to move on from it.
A new director is expected to be named in the coming days, as only a few weeks of shoot are left for the film.
Bryan Singer has also released the following statement regarding his departure of the project to The Hollywood Reporter:
I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor 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 U.S. 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. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.
Rumors 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.”