Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Director Bryan Singer Has Been Fired From The Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Director Bryan Singer Has Been Fired From The Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Rami Malek, who stars as the Queen frontman, complained to the studio about Singer's "unreliability and unprofessionalism", according to the Hollywood Reporter. At one point, Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, walked out altogether due to Singer's behavior, only to return at a later date...after some convincing.

The decision to fire Singer came after the director reportedly feuded with multiple actors on the set according to The Hollywood Reporter, forcing Twentieth Century Fox to remove him from the project. A source from the production has revealed that Singer has never returned to the set since Thanksgiving Day.

The growing tension led to a confrontation between Singer and Malek, which, while it did not become physical between the two did involve Singer throwing an object. In his absence, Sigel stepped in to helm several days of shooting before the production was shut down.

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The duo reportedly settled their differences and production was expected to resume.

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.

Despite all of these problems, Singer had still been given another opportunity to return to set and finish the film, which has two weeks of principal photography left.

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One source states that Singer claims he is "suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder" due to the animosity and tension on the Bohemian Rhapsody set. There have been rumors surrounding Singer and the production for some time, including that film took breaks more than once because of the mercurial director going AWOL from the London shoot.

Fox promises a new director will be named soon.

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