Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go, little high, little low
Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me
”Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody”, that’s the official word from 20th Century Fox who has fired the X-Men director from Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Word previously came down that the film halted shooting due to Singer’s ‘unexpected unavailability’. And now the sacking comes after rumours of unscheduled absences and onset arguments between Singer and Freddie Mercury actor Rami Malek (apparently they made-up before Singer went AWOL after Thanksgiving). The studio is now looking for a new director to finish the film.
Singer doesn’t appear to be going quietly. He shot back at the studio (who also essentially kicked his production company off the lot) by releasing the following statement:
“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor 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 is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.”
“Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving.”
Singer had apparently been warned before production began that the studio wouldn’t tolerate any ‘unprofessional behaviour’ and allegedly a representative from the Directors Guild of America was also on set to monitor what was going on.
I get the feeling that this is just the beginning of this story. What a mess.