Friday, 15 December, 2017

Bryan Singer fired from directing Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Bryan Singer leaves Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" Director Bryan Singer's Firing From “Bohemian Rhapsody” Divides Internet Discussion
Freda Brock | 08 December, 2017, 06:51

Singer said in a statement that, "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".

"Hours after the announcement that he had been terminated, the 52-year-old, through his lawyer, had responded, "'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control", he had said.

"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen", Singer concluded. Apparently, Singer and the film's star, Rami Malek, who portrays the legendary frontman of Queen, clashed on set due to Singer's frequent absenteeism. But by Wednesday, a new director was announced: Dexter Fletcher. He cited a "gravely ill parent", and whilst admitting to creative differences at times with Rami Malek, "Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving".

Fox had no comment on the statement.

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After Thanksgiving, Singer never returned to the set, remaining in the US while production was halted in London.

Bohemian Rhapsody has indeed been a pet project of Singer's for years, going through a number of leading men-including Sacha Baran Cohen and out actor Ben Whishaw. The producers are Graham King, Singer, and Jim Beach, Queen's longtime manager. The production, which has been shooting in London, was forced to shut down December 1 because of the director's absences.

Singer has subsequently released a statement of his own, with his representatives saying that "this is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family". As THR reports, Singer was a no-show during several days of filming. A man who claims he was sexually abused by the "X-Men" franchise director Singer said Thursday, April 17, 2014, that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued.

A new director for the Queen biopic is expected to be named in the days to come, and whoever it will end up being, they will only have two weeks left for principal photography.

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