Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Freddie Mercury Biopic After On-Set Drama

US director Bryan Singer poses on arrival for the premiere of X Men Apocalypse in central London

Anyone can see that nothing really matters to Bryan Singer, who has been terminated as the director of 20th Century Fox's Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody, having been missing in action since Thanksgiving break, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

Last week, Fox suspended a to the director's "unexpected unavailability". Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel would apparently fill in for him, handling production in Singer's absence.

Well, small wonder, because Fox has now informed The Hollywood Reporter that Singer has been straight FIRED!

'Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, ' the studio said in a statement.

Representatives for Singer and representatives for Malek have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment about the reported firing.

Rami Malek will play the role of Freddie Mercury in the biopic
Image Rami Malek will play the role of Freddie Mercury in the biopic

This follows Singer being absent from set on numerous occasions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio made a decision to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

Sources tell the publication that Singer's unprofessional behaviour on and off set resulted in multiple complaints to the studio.

Further, star Rami Malek - who is playing Freddie Mercury in the film - complained about Singer's numerous absences, unreliability and unprofessionalism. According to THR, there was no physical contact but Singer did throw an object at Malek. With two weeks of principal photography left, Fox is expected to name a replacement director right away.

Insiders said the studio still hopes to get the film on track for a December 25, 2018 release.

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