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Queen biopic director fired
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Bryan Singer, the director of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been fired by Twentieth Century Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The decision reflected an escalating clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by the helmer being missing from the set, necessitating the December 1st production shutdown of the film in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury. The pic has been shooting in London.” Malek had complained to the studio “charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.”
There was a reported non-physical confrontation between Singer and Malek, which included the director “throwing an object” — although the director and star were said to have come to terms and continued working. According to an unnamed source, on set tensions caused actor Tom Hollander, who portrays Queen manager Jim Beach, to quit the production before being persuaded to return to the film. According to another source, Singer “has claimed he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions on the set.” Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel stepped in for Singer for the final shooting dates before the production was halted. A new director is expected to be named in the coming days with Deadline reporting that the final two weeks worth of filming will likely begin after the New Year.
Last night (December 4th), Bryan Singer issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which reads in part:
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. 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.
Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving.”
Queen’s Roger Taylor told us that his greatest pride is that all these years later, the band and Freddie Mercury still resonates with Queen’s die-hard fan base — along with millions of new fans every year: “He’s bigger now than he ever was. It’s absolutely true, and that makes me sort of proud. And I think that is one of the reasons why. . . I think you come to a realization that it’s really, that is what you are — it’s what you’ve done — but that defines what you are, and be content with that, and make it good. And I’m very proud of the fact that, y’know, our music is still on the radio and that Freddie is still a part of popular culture and I feel that I’ve done something, then.”
Queen + Adam Lambert performs tomorrow night (December 6th) in Leeds, England.
Original Story : November 4, 2017
Production on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has indefinitely been put on ice following a “health matter” concerning director Bryan Singer.
According to Deadline.com, rumors surrounding the movie’s periodic shutdowns are due to Singer’s frequent absences with unofficial reports claiming that most recently, Singer has gone AWOL for three straight days. The studio issued a statement regarding the film, which reads: “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.”
Singer’s spokesperson issued a statement for the director, saying, “This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family. Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”
There are industry whispers that Fox has already been in talks to find a director to finish the film, which is expected to open in December 2018. Deadline sources reported, “the film is about two weeks away from completing principal photography, so if another direct is brought in, he or she would need to finish the shoot and oversee post-production.”
Bryan Singer is best known for directing such big budget action films as Superman Returns, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
In addition to Rami Malek from Mr. Robot, who portrays late-frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, the three actors playing the surviving members of Queen in the upcoming biopic are: Gwilym Lee from The Tourist as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy — recently seen as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse — as drummer Roger Taylor, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Joe Mazello will appear as bassist John Deacon.
Shortly before his 1991 death, Freddie Mercury admitted he was amazed by Queen’s longevity and massive global fan base: “I must say, I didn’t really think we were going to last that long. You never think about it. You don’t get up every morning and think, ‘My God, this is going to be over.’ You just carry on and come up with fresh ideas and think about what to do. So, as long as we don’t take it too seriously. Earlier on we used to take it very seriously and I think it got a bit too serious. And I just thought to myself, we should try and inject some fun into it, y’know?”
Queen + Adam Lambert performs on Tuesday (December 5th) in Nottingham, England.