Bryan Singer fired as director of Queen biopic starring Rami Malek

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The report of Singer's firing arrives just days after 20th Century Fox announced that it had halted production on the film due to Singer's "unexpected unavailability". In some instances, the movie's cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, had to take the directing reins in Singer's absence.

Malek complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism. At one point, actor Tom Hollander reportedly left the project due to Singer's unprofessional behavior, though he was ultimately persuaded to return.

This behavior comes at the same time that past allegations of the director's sexual misconduct have begun to surface, which have all been denied by Singer.

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The decision "reflected a growing clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by Singer's being missing from the set, necessitating the December 1 production shut-down of the film", claimed The Hollywood Reporter. A Directors Guild of America representative was apparently on set as well, appointed to "monitor the situation" and ensure that Singer would not act out.

When the out X-Men director eventually returned to set, there was tension between him and Malek, leading to a fight between the two men.

As for the aforementioned clash between Singer and Malek, the tension came to a confrontation that didn't escalate to becoming physical, but did result in Singer throwing an unidentified object. His prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio chose to terminate his contract.

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Filming has been halted on the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The studio, which has about two more weeks of principal photography remaining on the film, is expected to name a new director within the next few days.

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