Another One Bites The Dust: Queen Biopic Hits Another Snag
Article by Aaron Haughton
Fox announced yesterday that Bryan Singer was let go from the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, after a series of unexplained absences from set and is being replaced by Eddie the Eagle director, Dexter Fletcher.
The studio's decision to cut Singer loose came after a mushrooming clash between the ex-director and the film's star, Rami Malek, who is fronting the band as Freddie Mercury. Singer and Malek have reportedly work out their differences, but the production was forced to shut down due to Singer's disappearances.
Singer has denied any claims of acting unprofessionally, and defended his actions by stating that his absenteeism was a result of the studio refusing to give him personal time to tend to his own health and a severely ill parent.
"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help hone the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen," Singer mentioned in his statement to the press, "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."
Singer is now the second person, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, to drop out of the project.
With Fletcher now helming the project, production is expected to pick back up next week, and the film is still slated for Christmas release next year.
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