Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as director of Bohemian Rhapsody
The Bohemian Rhapsody news keeps on coming. Following Bryan Singer's firing from the film due to extended unauthorised absences, Empire are reporting that actor-turned-director, Dexter Fletcher, will oversee completion of the film.
Fletcher previously directed the well received Eddie The Eagle and seems a good fit to realise the troubled biographical film of Queen front-man Freddie Mercury
At the end of last week it was announced that Bryan Singer was taking a break from directing the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, for health reasons. At the time, Fox said in a statement that the project was on hold until after Christmas due to the "unexpected availability" of the director.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter has had a further clarification from Twentieth Century Fox who told the film website "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody"
Reports from the set suggest that the director has clashed with both the film's lead Rami Malek and co-star Tom Hollander with heated arguments and at least one occurrence of an object been thrown.
According to THR, Singer had been warned before production began by both Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that they wouldn't tolerate any unprofessional behaviour on his part.
Twentieth Century Fox are now seeking a replacement director to complete principle photography on the film. It is currently unclear as to whether Singer will retain the director credit on the film.
In response to his firing Singer, who has accounted for his absence from the film due to a "gravely ill parent", has issued a statement saying “I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honour the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first”.
Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen and Tom Hollander. Until today's news it was directed by Bryan Singer and was due for release in December 2018, obviously these dates and details are now up in the air while we wait for further developments.