20th Century Fox parted ways with director Bryan Singer in the midst of filming on the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a statement today, the studio said: “Bryan Singer is no longer the director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'”
THR adds: “The decision reflected an escalating clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by the helmer being missing from the set, necessitating the Dec. 1 production shutdown of the film in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen. The pic has been shooting in London.”
The publication describes what it calls “on-set chaos,” including a confrontation between Singer and Malek in which Singer threw an object.
“Singer had been warned before production began by both Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that they wouldn’t tolerate any unprofessional behavior on his part,” THR reports. “A representative from the Directors Guild of America also arrived on set to monitor the situation.”
Singer reportedly “went missing during production on several occasions,” necessitating that cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel step in to oversee some days of production.
“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,” THR notes.