This past weekend Twentieth Century Fox announced that production on the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, had been halted due to “the unexpected unavailability of [director] Bryan Singer.”
Now Singer has been removed from the project completely.
“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody,” the studio told The Hollywood Reporter today in a statement.
According to THR, and sources associated with filming, it was Singer’s constant absence and unreliability during production that led to the film’s star, Rami Malek, to complain to the studio, “charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.”
Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, is also reported to have quit the film for a short period of time because of Singer’s behavior, but Hollander eventually returned to his role.
Singer’s constant absence even resulted in the film’s cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, to step in as director for multiple days when Singer didn’t show.
When the out X-Men director eventually returned to set, there was tension between him and Malek, leading to a fight between the two men.
“While it did not become physical between the two, it did involve Singer throwing an object.” It was reported the two settled their differences, and filming was set to resume—that was until Singer fired.
Things got so bad on set that another source on the film revealed that Singer claims he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder “because of the tensions on the set.”
The biopic, which stars Emmy-winning Mr. Robot actor Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, has been filming in London. There are two weeks of principal photography left, and it is expected Twentieth Century Fox will announce a replacement director in the coming days.
Singer has developed a reputation for disappearing mid-production, having also also gone missing during filming for Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for U.S. release December 25, 2018.