AceShowbiz - Bryan Singer is no longer attached to helm Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody". The studio behind the upcoming film has announced that Singer has been fired from the project, which stars Rami Malek as the band's frontman Freddie Mercury and is set for a December 25, 2018 U.S. release.
"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'," a 20th Century Fox spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, December 4.
According to the publication, the studio's decision to remove Singer from the project was caused by an escalating clash between the helmer and the Freddie Mercury depicter as well as the helmer being missing from the set.
The 36-year-old "Mr. Robot" star reportedly complained to the studio about Singer's "unreliability and unprofessionalism." The site also claimed that Tom Hollander briefly quit the movie because of Singer's behavior, but eventually returned to the set to continue playing Queen manager Jim Beach.
Singer, who is best known for producing and directing the "X-Men" film series, reportedly didn't return to the set in London after Thanksgiving break, which led to the production being halted on Friday, December 1.
"Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on 'Bohemian Rhapsody' due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer," the studio previously said in a statement.
On the same day, Singer's rep issued a statement explaining the reason behind the helmer's absence. "This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family," so the rep said, adding that "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays."
Prior to Singer's firing, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel stepped in to helm several days of shooting while the helmer was absent. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and the studio decided to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.
According to one source, Singer has claimed he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions on the set.
No replacement director has been named just yet. The studio has about two more weeks of principal photography remaining on the film and is expected to name a new director within the next few days.