After Fox fired Bryan Singer from the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, reports surfaced it was because the out director was behaving erratically, with unexplained disappearances and on-set blow ups with actor Rami Malek, who is playing Mercury. A man who claims he was sexually abused by the "X-Men" franchise director Singer said Thursday, April 17, 2014, that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued. In a statement, the director also said that he wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this incredible project and to honor mercury's legacy. The director has had a history of disappearing from film sets, including X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns, and was also rumoured to have fought with Halle Berry on X2.
However, his reputation has been called into question after the Harvey Weinstein allegations hit the mainstream press. A report had come out about his misbehavior back in 2014, and with the whole Harvey Weinstein scandal starting this witch hunt, Singer may just be next in the line of fire.
However, Singer has issued a statement revealing that he had requested time off due to health concerns for a loved one, which in turn took a serious toll on his own health. The movie's studio put out a statement: "20th Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on "Bohemian Rhapsody" due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". "Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services".
After Justice League, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Bohemian Rhapsody, with only two weeks left of principal photography, has become another victim of directorial musical chairs. Singer has since said that while he and Malek had problems, they had settled their disagreements.More news: Events in Ottawa to mark anniversary of Montreal Massacre
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Fox has not changed its plan to release "Bohemian Rhapsody" on December 25, 2018. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control...
Singer also addressed the rumors of the fight with Malek, saying that his departure from the film had nothing to do with it, and adding that though the two had "creative differences", they had put those differences aside and had continued to work together until just before Thanksgiving.
Can you recall a director being hired to direct a movie twice? It is still set for release on Christmas Day in 2018.