Twentieth Century Foxhas confirmed that Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody," Fox told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
The termination follows a period of chaos on set. Previously, Fox suspended the London-based production of Bohemian Rhapsody due to the "unexpected availability" of the director. Singer did not show up to work after the Thanksgiving break, spurring rumors he would be replaced.
The director has reportedly been routinely tardy during filming and went missing several times. The film's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, stepped in as a substitute director during several of Singer's absences.
Previously, a representative for Singer cited "a personal health matter" as a reason for his nonshowing.
Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as Freddie Mercury, the bisexual front man of Queen who died of AIDS-related complications. The production was set to be released in December 2018.
One source told THR that Singer claims to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, due to on-set tensions. Previously, Malek complained to the studio of Singer's unprofessionalism. The pair clashed during production and had at least one verbal confrontation, with Singer allegedly throwing an object during the encounter. Afterward, it was believed they resolved their differences.
However, Fox terminated Singer after his extended absence. A new director will soon be announced.
In the past, Singer, who identifies as bisexual, has faced several accusations of sexual assault against minors, although lawsuits have been dismissed. The news of his termination on Bohemian Rhapsody has reignited speculation on social media.
Bryan Singer’s downfall because of fighting on set with Rami Malek is like busting a mobster for tax evasion
— Ira Madison III (@ira) December 4, 2017
Bryan Singer has left the Queen biopic to spend more time with your kids
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) December 4, 2017
I went to a Bryan Singer party when I was 21 and already felt too old. He's going down, and not in the sort of way he prefers.
— MarcusKBye Your Name (@MarcusKBye) December 4, 2017