After production was shut down on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, director Bryan Singer was fired from the project, following his absence from production for a few days. It was rumored that it stemmed from disagreements with star Rami Malek, but Singer is setting the record straight:
“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first… Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. 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. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.”
Singer’s Bad Hat Harry production office recently left the 20th Century Fox Studios. Its being speculated that this is all a result of sexual misconduct rumors about Singer, but his first look deal with Fox recently ended, so it’s possible that is the real cause for the departure.