A studio insider then told the Tracking Board that Singer's firing under the pay-or-play provision of his contract "was in the best interest of the film" due to the director's "pattern of unexpected unavailability" throughout the production.
Malek and Singer reportedly clashed over the director's absences and "unprofessionalism" on set and Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts reportedly warned the filmmaker about the actor's complaints.
Filming on the starry pic, which sees Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as the late Queen frontman, was expected to resume after Thanksgiving. There's also been conflict with Malek, who has reportedly complained to the studio about Singer's behavior.More news: Sterling spikes on news of UK-Ireland trade breakthrough
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After growing on-set tension, 20th Century Fox has announced that director Bryan Singer has been fired from helming Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek. It hasn't been specified exactly how much of Queen's history will appear in Bohemian Rhapsody and there's a good two decades between the band forming and Mercury's tragic death in 1991. They also note that cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in and direct the film on the days that Singer was unexpectedly absent. The 52-year-old had previously directed The Usual Suspects, four X-Men movies and Superman Returns, among others. Fox stated that filming had been temporarily halted, and a representative for Singer chalked his absence up to a "personal health matter" and expressed that Singer hoped to "get back to work on the film soon after the holidays".
Fueling tension was an incident on Friday, due to Singer not showing up to the film London's set. Word is that Bohemian Rhapsody has another two weeks left of principal photography, before entering a lengthy post-production process.
Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for US release December 25, 2018.