20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer from its Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", the studio confirmed to Business Insider. Tom Hollander, who portrays Queen manager Jim Beach, is also said to have quit the film over Singer's behaviour before being convinced to return. Word is that Bohemian Rhapsody has another two weeks left of principal photography, before entering a lengthy post-production process. However, after he reportedly did not come back after the Thanksgiving holiday last month and cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in to take over the production on a few occasions, movie studio executives reportedly made a decision to fire him. His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was absent. The director was reportedly warned by the studio prior to production beginning about his professionalism, but tensions eventually boiled over into a almost physical altercation between the director and the film's star that resulted in Singer allegedly throwing something. It was announced late last week that production had come to a stop due to Singer's "unavailability", but other rumors suggested that the director and star Rami Malek were butting heads, leading to a less than ideal working situation.
However, Singer never returned to set after the Thanksgiving break. The director has reportedly been fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic after his on-set behavior reportedly caused delays in the filming process. THR remarks Singer's extended absence as the "final straw" for the studio, which led to his termination today.
The Usual Suspects director was also co-producing the film, alongside Robert De Niro and Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor.
As things stand, Bohemian Rhapsody will light up theaters on December 25th, 2018, and we'll notify you if and when that changes.