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Director Bryan Singer Responds to Being Fired From Queen Biopic

06 December 2017

This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. There was a Director's Guild of America representative on Bohemian Rhapsody's set, and since Singer did the bulk of the directing work himself, he'll likely end up getting sole directing credit for the film when all is said and done.

Several more insiders who talked with the abovementioned publication also claim that even with Singer around, production is rarely smooth sailing due to his behavior. Before Thanksgiving, Malek confronted Singer about being unprofessional, however it did not get physical and according to the trade, the two settled their differences.

As well as directing, Singer is listed as a co-producer, alongside Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, among others. "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody, '" the studio said.

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Production was shut down on the movie, which stars Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, after Singer stopped showing up to work.

Much like Solo - which was nearing the end of its shoot when Lord & Miller parted ways with Disney - Bohemian Rhapsody only had roughly two weeks before wrapping principal photography. Singer had reportedly failed to show up on set a few times, and was absent and remained in the United States following a Thanksgiving break. Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame was cast as Freddie Mercury in the film and from one production still certainly passes for a dead ringer of the singer.

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.

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The studio terminated Singer under the "pay or play" provision of his contract, sources indicated, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set. Singer, the former "X-Men" director who has describes "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a passion project, has since said he left the U.K. -based production to care for an ill parent in the United States. They also note that cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in and direct the film on the days that Singer was unexpectedly absent.

There is now no word who would replace Singer to finish the film.

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Director Bryan Singer Responds to Being Fired From Queen Biopic