Director Bryan Singer, despite being fired during production on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is expected to earn more than $40 million from the Oscar-nominated movie, The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision reports.
The report notes that Singer, who has been mired in controversy and was fired with just two weeks of shooting left on the production, remains the credited director on the Freddy Mercury biopic.
The report cites Singer’s “track record of years of hitmaking (including the ‘X-Men’ franchise),” noting that he reportedly has a “strong backend provision in his deal.”
THR says he was fired for not showing up to set. “Dexter Fletcher was then hired to complete the film with producer Graham King and others,” THR notes. “But since Singer retained his director credit, he is likely in line to receive backend compensation. Sources say Fox, the studio that co-financed and released the movie, is exploring its legal options in terms of its financial obligations to Singer.”
The report notes that the movie has become a massive hit, grossing $817 million worldwide to date and receiving plenty of awards season attention — including a Golden Globe win for its star Rami Malek.
“Singer, meanwhile, signed on to direct the female-empowering tale Red Sonja for Millennium Films and in recent weeks found himself back in the spotlight for alleged sexual misconduct and rape after The Atlantic published a story including several new accusers,” THR reports.