The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that Singer is no longer attached to direct Bohemian Rhapsody, the musical biopic about the life and legacy of Freddie Mercury, after his erratic behavior allegedly brought production to a standstill late last week. The director was reportedly warned by the studio prior to production beginning about his professionalism, but tensions eventually boiled over into a almost physical altercation between the director and the film's star that resulted in Singer allegedly throwing something. At one point, Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, walked out altogether due to Singer's behavior, only to return at a later date...after some convincing. "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek has reportedly also clashed with Singer on set after the star allegedly complained to the studio saying Singer was absent too often, was unreliable and unprofessional. A source from the production has revealed that Singer has never returned to the set since Thanksgiving Day.
What's telling is that Singer was warned before production even began by Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that he was working under a microscope. In his absence, Sigel stepped in to helm several days of shooting before the production was shut down.
The tension on set was reportedly growing between Malek and Singer due to Singer just.not showing up.
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury
The two have apparently patched things up now, but one insider told the Reporter that Singer is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder because of the set's tense atmosphere.
THR further reports that the film still has two weeks worth of principal photography and the project will announce a replacement director shortly.
The movie is still expected to meet its scheduled December 2018 release.
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