A week after production shut down on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” director Bryan Singer has officially been fired from the project.
“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ” a Twentieth Century Fox Film spokesperson told the Daily News.
Singer vanished from the set of the Freddie Mercury biopic, causing production to halt on Dec. 1.
A source told The News that Singer was fired for “a pattern of unreliable behavior on set” and that the studio wanted another director to finish the movie. Singer was accused of sexually assaulting several teenagers in 2014. The director denied the accusations.
Rami Malek, who stars as the Queen frontman, complained to the studio about Singer’s “unreliability and unprofessionalism,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Tom Hollander’s rep denied reports that the actor had quit his role as band manager Jim Beach before being convinced to return to the movie.
Singer, however, claimed that he was taking care of one of his parents.
“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, 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,” he said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
Production was shut down on the movie, which stars Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, after Singer stopped showing up to work.
(Bryan Singer via Instagram)
“’Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.”
Singer also denied that his fight with Malek caused his “unexpected departure,” claiming that the two put aside their creative differences before Thanksgiving.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” only has about two more weeks of filming, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The movie is still expected to meet its scheduled December 2018 release.
Beyond that, Singer’s three-year first look deal with Twentieth Century Fox will not be renewed after it expires on Oct. 31, according to Variety.
A rep for Singer did not immediately return a request for comment.