And while the finger-pointing between filmmaker and studio continues, 20th Century Fox has already lined up their replacement: Dexter Fletcher, the English actor and director whose most recent credit behind the camera is the 2016 Olympics drama Eddie the Eagle.
The X-MEN helmer was terminated due to an extended absence from the London film set that caused a production shutdown.
It is believed that there are about two weeks' worth of shooting left, unless he decides to reshoot scenes, and it remains unknown what the director credit on the final film will be. The film features Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, with Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Gwilym Lee as Brian May.More news: Sophie Turner Heats Things Up in First "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" Photos
Singer was sacked from the film because of a pattern of unreliability, culminating in him not returning from the Thanksgiving break and being AWOL for three days.
The film, about British rock band Queen and its frontman, is expected to be released as scheduled on December 25, 2018. A mere few days later, he was sacked for "unreliability and unprofessionalism", and allegedly even got into a tense confrontation with Malek over his absences.More news: Apple release the top 20 downloaded apps of 2017
Singer refutes the claims that a chaotic set environment led to his departure; The director released a statement which said he needed time to care for a "gravely ill parent" as well as his own health.
He added: 'Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving'. Lucy Boynton also stars as Mary Austin, Mercury's muse and lover.More news: Steelers' Brown cites 'karma' following win vs. Bengals
- John Travolta says rumours about Gotti biopic are ''fake news''
- Portal Returns…. As A Bridge Construction Simulator?
- Airlines Are Rerouting Flights to Avoid North Korean Missiles
- Some Nintendo Wii games coming to NVIDIA Shield TV in 1080p
- Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player
- Pope Francis wants to modify the "Our Lord" prayer
- China alleges Indian drone invaded its airspace, crashed across the border
- Israeli Army Strikes Several Border Areas In Gaza
- Supermassive black hole 'could hold answers to how the universe began'
- Senate Confirms Trump's Pick for Homeland Security Secretary