Bryan Singer's sudden absence puts stop to Queen biopic


"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody, ' " a Twentieth Century Fox Film spokesperson told the Daily News.

Just last week, the studio announced that production had been suspended due to Singer's "unexpected unavailability". In Singer's absence, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly stepped in to direct.

Malek complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism. Sources close to the outlet state that Tom Hollander, who portrays Queen band manager Jim Beach, "briefly quit the film" due to Singer's erratic behavior, though he was ultimately "persuaded to return".

Neither Singer or Malek have commented publicly on the move at this time.

Singer vanished from the set of the Freddie Mercury biopic, causing production to halt on December 1.

Singer had been warned before production began by both Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that they wouldn't tolerate any unprofessional behavior on his part. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio made a decision to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

However, Singer never returned to set after the Thanksgiving break.

Whatever Singer's reasons are for abandoning Bohemian Rhapsody, he'll now be forced to watch Fox and producer Graham King hire someone else to finish the film. According to THR, there was no physical contact but Singer did throw an object at Malek.

With principal photography almost complete, the studio is reportedly still planning to release Bohemian Rhapsody on the originally scheduled date - December 25, 2018.