Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Freddie Mercury Biopic After On-Set Drama

Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Freddie Mercury Biopic After On-Set Drama

Striking back against rumors surrounding his allegedly erratic conduct on the set, director Bryan Singer has issued a statement claiming he was terminated from the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody because the studio refused to let him care for a sick parent.

'This was a very taxing experience which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

At first it was reported that the matter had been revolved and that Singer would return.

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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.

There had been rumours that Bryan left because of ongoing disagreements with leading star Rami Malek, though the director insisted that any dispute between them has been sorted out.

Despite being over a year away, one of next year's most anticipated movies was quickly pegged to be already Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody.

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A representative for 20th Century Fox said on Monday that Singer was no longer the director of the film. Rami Malek-who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the movie-reportedly complained to the studio about Singers unprofessionalism. It doesn't sound as if Malek was the only actor growing frustrated with Singer's behavior, as Tom Hollander, who is playing Queen manager Jim Beach, reportedly quit the film due to Singer but was convinced to come back. Following his no show the studio made a decision to end his contract. There are still two more weeks of filming left on the schedule, so expect them to move fast to find a replacement, as the film remains slated for December 2018. His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was missing.

Production in England stopped on Friday, after Singer was "unexpectedly unavailable" for several days, according to an official statement. One source told THR Singer is claiming he's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of tension on the set. Singer is known for directing films like The Usual Suspects, X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns.

There is now no word who would replace Singer to finish the film.

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