'Bohemian Rhapsody' Director Responds to Being Fired From Queen Film

Bryan Singer Accuses Fox of Refusing to Let Him Care for Sick Parent

"Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine", Singer said in a statement. It was announced earlier this year that the X-Men director would be helming a film following the members of British rock band Queen, which rose to popularity in the 1970s.

Fletcher is an English actor and filmmaker whose directing credits include Eddie the Eagle, Sunshine on Leith, and Wild Bill. Sources said Malek had complained about what he perceived as Singer's lack of professionalism. Bohemian Rhapsody is set to arrive in theaters on Christmas Day in 2018.

Fox had given a similarly terse statement on December 1 when it announced, "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". During the production of his films Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse (the latter also a Fox production), Singer also mysteriously disappeared, though both of those projects were eventually completed. The director instead argues he was terminated because Fox would not let him deal with the grave illness of one of his parents.

The news comes from a statement by 20th Century Fox released to the Hollywood Reporter on Monday, which follows an announcement on December 1, which stated that the production of the film in London would be temporarily shut down due to Singer's absence.

With Fletcher now on board to finish the film, which has about two weeks of principal photography remaining, production is expected to start up again sometime next week. Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly directed while Singer was missing.

The director also denied that such a confrontation with Malek took place.

Others expressed their anger that Singer's reported absence was tolerated on set for so long, pointing out that "women and minorities" would likely not be awarded the same leniency.

Though Singer does claim that he has been absent due to a family matter, a lot of people are suggesting that there is an impending story about to break detailing on his sexual misconduct.

Bohemian Rhapsody had languished in development over the past decade, with Sacha Baron Cohen once attached to star. "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays". Singer has since said that while he and Malek had problems, they had settled their disagreements.

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