Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for alleged unprofessional behavior

Oscar Cross
December 5, 2017

A studio insider then told the Tracking Board that Singer's firing under the pay-or-play provision of his contract "was in the best interest of the film" due to the director's "pattern of unexpected unavailability" throughout the production.

THR also claims Tom Hollander briefly quit the movie because of Singer, but eventually returned to the set to continue playing Queen manager Jim Beach.

Fox has halted production on its Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" over director Bryan Singer's disappearance. The Borat actor clashed with the members of Queen over the film's focus and portrayal of Mercury's life and death.

Previously, Singer was also reported to have unexplained absences during the productions of "Superman Returns" and "X-Men: Apocalypse".

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Singer did not return to set following the Thanksgiving break.

Bryan Singer has been fired from directing the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody".


Despite being over a year away, one of next year's most anticipated movies was quickly pegged to be already Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody.

A representative for Singer did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for a comment. One confrontation between Singer and Malek got so heated that the director reportedly threw something on set.

What's telling is that Singer was warned before production even began by Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that he was working under a microscope. There are still two more weeks of filming left on the schedule, so expect them to move fast to find a replacement, as the film remains slated for December 2018.

A new director is expected to be announced within the next few days.

Studio representatives declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Singer's departure or future plans for the film, which is now slated for a December 2018 release.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER