20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer from the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Recently, the movie was ‘temporarily halted’ following the director’s unexpected unavailability. His representative told the BBC it had to do with health issues.
On Monday (4 December), however, the studio released the following definitive statement: ‘Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody.’
A source reportedly said the firing followed clashes between the director and the film’s star, Rami Malek. Singer’s absence from the film also led to the decision.
Bohemian Rhapsody has been shooting in the UK.
Joining Malek is Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May, Joe Mazzello as bass guitarist John Deacon, and Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin.
The film covers 15 years of the band’s career, leading up to their 1985 performance at Live Aid.
Singer previously directed numerous X-Men films, The Usual Suspects, and Superman Returns.