Update: Deadline is reporting that Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) will replace Bryan Singer for the final two weeks of production.
Apparently the Star Wars Han Solo movie won’t be the only major movie this year to experience some behind the scenes drama. We are hearing this week that Bryan Singer has been fired from the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just a few weeks before principal photography was scheduled to wrap. There are conflicting stories about what happened, but ultimately Singer failed to show up on set for several days, forcing cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel to step in for him. This reportedly led to a confrontation with the film’s star Rami Malek. For his part, Singer is claiming that 20th Century Fox would not let him tend to a “gravely ill parent.” He has since released the following statement:
“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… 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.”
Singer has also claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the various tensions on the set. In addition to Rami Malek, actor Tom Hollander also took issue with Singer’s absence and supposedly quit the film for a brief period of time. It sounds like Bryan Singer is going through something but whether that excuses his erratic behaviour remains to be seen. The studio is expected to name a new director within the next few days. Do you think this is a bad sign for Bohemian Rhapsody?