Bryan Singer fired from Freddie Mercury biopic - report

A new director is expected to be named within days.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer has reportedly been fired as the director of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.

Last week (ends01Dec17), it was announced production on Bohemian Rhapsody had stalled due to "the unexpected unavailability" of Singer. A representative refused to go into detail but revealed the matter concerned "Bryan and his family", adding, "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays."

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer has been fired over alleged issues with Rami Malek, who is portraying Mercury in the biopic.

Malek and Singer reportedly clashed over the director's absences and "unprofessionalism" on set and Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts reportedly warned the filmmaker about the actor's complaints.

Singer and Malek subsequently had an alleged confrontation over their issues, but eventually worked through them and the filmmaker was expected to return. However, after he reportedly did not come back after the Thanksgiving holiday last month (Nov17) and cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in to take over the production on a few occasions, movie studio executives reportedly decided to fire him.

Filming on the project began earlier this year (17) after a series of hold-ups. It is unclear if the movie is still expected to be released in December, 2018, as scheduled, but a new director will be announced in the near future.

The Usual Suspects director was also co-producing the film, alongside Robert De Niro and Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor. It is not known if he will stay on as producer.

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