Fox has chosen their replacement director on Bohemian Rhapsody following the firing of Bryan Singer.
Bryan Singer, whose credits include four X-Men films and The Usual Suspects, was fired from Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody following reported clashes with cast members (including lead actor Rami Malek) and sudden absence. The filmmaker has since claimed that the studio had refused to let him take time off to be with his ill mother.
British actor turned director Dexter Fletcher, who directed last year’s Eddie the Eagle, has been chosen as the new director. Deadline broke the news, reporting that production on the biopic will resume next week. The studio aims to keep the film’s scheduled US release date of December 2018.
Interestingly, Fletcher was circling to direct the film back when actor Ben Whishaw was attached to play Freddie Mercury. The project failed to move ahead with that combo, but Fox obviously kept Fletcher in mind.
Deadline’s sources claim that Singer’s unfolding picture “didn’t appeal to everyone” and that the studio had began searching for another director before Singer had refused to return after the Thanksgiving break. Fox has denied it.
Seeing as the film only had around two weeks of shooting left, it remains to be seen whether its Fletcher or Singer that is ultimately handed the director’s credit.
It appears that firing Singer when they did was very good timing for Fox. It was reported earlier today that Singer is now being sued for sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2003. The filmmaker’s representative stated: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”