Bryan claims he had to take time off due to the health concerns of one his parents, but after he left to visit the United States, he returned to discover he had lost his job.
"The Usual Suspects" director is no longer working on the much anticipated "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie, the 20th Century Fox film studio has confirmed. The director has had a history of disappearing from film sets, including X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns, and was also rumoured to have fought with Halle Berry on X2.
Despite the official reports stating that he was sacked due to leaving the set, or on Singer's account - because of failing to receive time off - one can only speculate that the real reason for his termination is the charges of sexual assault. Singer released a statement through his people that it was because of a health issue, though there was speculation that the studio was looking to replace Singer.
EARLER, UPDATED with statement from Bryan Singer's reps, 5:55 PM: Production has been temporarily halted on Bohemian Rhapsody, the Bryan Singer-directed film about the British rock band Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury, with Mr. Robot's Rami Malek playing the singing legend. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. Producers and stars were reportedly growing tired of Singer's "unprofessionalism", particularly Rami Malek, who appears in the film as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a conflict existed between Singer and Malek.
Tensions between Malek and Singer reportedly got so heated that during one on-set argument between the pair, Singer allegedly threw something (though not at the actor). 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. 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.
While this is clearly a large bump in the road for the studio, they plan to have Bohemian Rhapsody in cinemas for December 2018.
The film has two weeks worth of principal photography to go, reports The Hollywood Reporter, adding that Singer's replacement will be announced soon.