Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Bohemian Rhapsody: Bryan Singer's health delays film

Bohemian Rhapsody: Bryan Singer's health delays film

"Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer", Fox said in a statement. In Singer's absence, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly stepped in to direct.

The trouble began when Singer was absent from production on several occasions. "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays".

According to THR, there were growing tensions throughout the shoot; Singer was often late to set and combative with actors; one fight with Rami Malek, who is playing late singer Freddie Mercury, resulting in Singer throwing an object. There have been rumors surrounding Singer and the production for some time, including that film took breaks more than once because of the mercurial director going AWOL from the London shoot.

When the out X-Men director eventually returned to set, there was tension between him and Malek, leading to a fight between the two men. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio made a decision to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.

Whatever Singer's reasons are for abandoning Bohemian Rhapsody, he'll now be forced to watch Fox and producer Graham King hire someone else to finish the film. A new director will be named within the next few days, according to THR. There are two weeks of principal photography left, and it is expected Twentieth Century Fox will announce a replacement director in the coming days.

No word yet on whether the chaos behind the scenes will have any affect on the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, which is now set to premiere on December 25, 2018.

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