Fox fires Bryan Singer as director of Freddie Mercury biopic

Rami Malek stars as rock icon Freddie Mercury in an image from Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency's

Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen singer Freddie Mercury now needs a new director, with just a couple of weeks of shooting left, after Bryan Singer has been fired.

'This was a very taxing experience which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

Director Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic he'd been directing, according to a source close to Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind the project.

This is not the first time Singer went missing during a production.

When Singer boarded Bohemian Rhapsody, he described his vision for the movie as something the entire family could enjoy. Singer had been warned by the studio before production began that they wouldn't tolerate any unprofessional behavior on his part - Singer's reputation precedes him, and he'd apparently gone MIA on two other sets prior to this one. It hasn't been specified exactly how much of Queen's history will appear in Bohemian Rhapsody and there's a good two decades between the band forming and Mercury's tragic death in 1991.

The studio behind the movie, 20th Century Fox, announced on December 1 that production for the movie had been suspended in London.

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The publication adds that the decision to remove Singer from the project, which stars Rami Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, was caused by Singer not showing up to the set and a divide between the director and Malek.

That prompted the studio to suspend production with three weeks of principal photography left before eventually firing Singer on Monday. The film's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, stepped in as a substitute director during several of Singer's absences.

Production had been halted on the film after Singer did not return following a Thanksgiving holiday break.

Fox promises a new director will be named soon. 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.

Also, Singer's production company Bad Hat Harry has been removed entirely from the Fox production offices, following decades of profitable work, especially involving the X-Men franchise, of which Singer had directed four of the entries.

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