Director of Queen front man Freddie Mercury's biopic, Bryan Singer, has been fired by producers 20th Century Fox. The production house has cited singer’s ‘unexpected unavailability’ and has suspended production on the film that is titled, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
"Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on 'Bohemian Rhapsody' due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer," the studio said in a statement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rami Malek, the lead actor playing the legendary singer Mercury in the movie, complained to the studio about Singer’s ‘unprofessionalism’. Both Singer and Malek have reportedly been involved in a number of altercations.
Bryan Singer too has issued a statement regarding his departure. "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," his statement read. “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,” the statement added.
With regards to his relationship with Malek, Singer’s statement said, “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.”
However, 20th Century Fox has not named Singer's replacement as yet. Despite the production delay, Bohemian Rhapsody is still scheduled for release on Dec. 25, 2018.