Director Bryan Singer Fired From Freddie Mercury Movie

Director Bryan Singer Fired From Freddie Mercury Movie

Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that 20th Century Fox fired Bryan Singer from directing the upcoming biopic on the legendary rock band Queen.

However, now, Singer is coming out with the other side of the story.

The production company have been forced to halt production for the Freddie Mercury biopic due to a personal "health matter" affecting the producer Bryan Singer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He even put up a photo of the classic Queen line-up with the caption: "Looking forward to Rami Malek who is playing Freddie Mercury" on Instagram on November 4, 2016. His "non-showings" resulted in X-Men: Apocalypse cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel stepping in as a de facto director on a few days of shooting.

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However, his reputation has been called into question after the Harvey Weinstein allegations hit the mainstream press.

Production was shut down on December 1 for these reasons, though at the time Fox released a statement citing Singer's "unexpected unavailability".

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.

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Singer was sacked from the film on Monday, with reports noting that his termination came about due to his "unreliability" and "unprofessionalism". Bryan Singer started working with 20th Century Fox back in 2000 with the release of the first X-Men film and redefined what a superhero movie could be on the big screen.

Singer stated that his absence was due to a gravely ill parent and that the studio refused to let him take care of their (or his own) health. "Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services". So, while there's only a couple weeks of photography remaining, there's still a mountain of work required to get Bohemian Rhapsody in the can. He didn't return to the set following Thanksgiving break, leading to production being stuck for ten straight days. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control... Their name is expected to be announced soon.

"Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true", Singer continued. THR also says there was a heated confrontation between Malek and Singer that involved "Singer throwing an object".

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Bryan Singer most recently directed the pilot episode of the FOX TV The Gifted series.

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