Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Bryan Singer leaves Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody"

The film is named after one of the band's most popular songs The film is named after one of the band's most popular songs
Nicole Thomas | 08 December, 2017, 06:52

In a statement, Singer claimed to be dealing with a sick parent: "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".

Dexter Fletcher, once upon a time the director in the running to make the film in the first place, is to take over from Bryan Singer on the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer and actor Rami Malek - who is playing Mercury in the film - had an increasingly uneasy working relationship. Whether Fletcher or Singer will ultimately take final director credit on the movie remains to be seen.

While they successfully settled their differences, as Singer claimed in his statement, the director tested Malek and the studio's patience once more by his no-show after Thanksgiving, which led to his firing.

Fox had no comment on the statement.

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Sheeran added that, on a more personal note, his late grandfather, Bill (who passed in 2013) was a "massive royalist". He said he hadn't been asked to perform at the royal couple's wedding next year.

Following the news, many have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with the studio over the decision to fire Singer for his absence and not allegations of sexual abuse brought up against the director in the past.

The studio terminated Singer under the "pay or play" provision of his contract, sources indicated, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set. New Regency and GK Films are the production companies. Denis O'Sullivan, Arnon Milchan, and Jane Rosenthal are the executive producers. The movie is being directed by Bryan Singer, and we were being told that Singer was stepping back from the production. Although the two made up and filming was expected to continue afterwards, Singer hasn't returned to the set since.

Fox had given a similarly terse statement on December 1 when it announced, "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". The director has had a history of disappearing from film sets, including X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns, and was also rumoured to have fought with Halle Berry on X2.

The film has two weeks worth of principal photography to go, reports The Hollywood Reporter, adding that Singer's replacement will be announced soon.

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