Bryan Singer won’t be doing the Fandango anytime soon…
As we reported, on Monday, Fox released a statement saying the X-Men filmmaker “is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody” after production was temporarily halted due to his “unexpected unavailability.”
Reportedly, the 52-year-old was repeatedly late to set, and even had a confrontation with star Rami Malek, resulting in Singer throwing an object.
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The same day his termination was announced, Singer released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter claiming he needed time off to deal with “pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.” He revealed:
“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.”
In regards to his reported fight with Malek, Singer says the two had “creative differences” but were able to work through their disagreements.
“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.”
Ultimately, Bryan needed to prioritize his health “and the health of my loved ones” above the project.
“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.”
Fox is expected to announce his replacement soon.
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