Director Bryan Singer is set to earn 10 millions of dollars for Bohemian Rhapsody despite having been fired from the movie mid-production.
Singer, who is currently facing sexual misconduct allegations, is still the credited director of the movie starring Rami Malek.
Thanks to a strong backend provision in his deal, Singer’s final payday for the Freddie Mercury biopic can exceed the $40 million range, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody with only two weeks of shooting left for not showing up on set.
Production then hired Dexter Fletcher, together with producer Graham King and others. But since Singer retained his director credit, he is likely to receive backend compensation.
At the moment, Fox, the studio that co-financed and released the movie, is exploring its legal options in terms of its financial obligations to Singer.
Backend compensation is usually forfeited if a director is fired for creative differences. However, Singer remains the credited director and this means he is entitled to a percentage of the movie’s huge profits.
Bohemian Rhapsody, in fact, has grossed more than $817 million worldwide. The movie also earned five Oscars nods, including Best Picture.
Singer will direct Red Sonja
Despite new men came forward to accuse Singer of sexual assault, the American director also kept his latest directing gig.
He will direct Red Sonja, for which he will receive $10 million.
Singer has denied all the allegations or having any sexual preference for underage men.