Bryan Singer Fired From Freddie Mercury Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Brian May performing in 2011

Brian May performing in 2011 Credit Rii Schroer

Another one bites the dust.

It is being reported that production for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been put on hold after a "personal health matter" regarding the film's director/producer Bryan Singer.

"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", the studio told The Hollywood Reporter today in a statement.

The choice to remove Singer from his directorial duties "reflected a growing clash" between the filmmaker and star Rami Malek, who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. In Singer's absence, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly stepped in to direct. Tom Hollander (About Time, In the Loop) plays Queen's manager in Bohemian Rhapsody and according to THR, he briefly quit the project because of how hard it was working with Singer, though he ultimately returned.

This behavior comes at the same time that past allegations of the director's sexual misconduct have begun to surface, which have all been denied by Singer. Obviously, there are millions of dollars on the line here, and that's a lot of pressure for any director, even one as experienced as Singer.

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According to another insider, Singer has claimed he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions on the set.

This was the last straw for the studio heads, who opted to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 25, 2018.

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