'Bohemian Rhapsody' Production Halted Due to Director's 'Personal Health Matter'

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Rami Malek, who stars as the Queen frontman, complained to the studio about Singer's "unreliability and unprofessionalism", according to the Hollywood Reporter. While Singer acknowledged creative differences with Malek, he told THR that they worked through them, dismissing the idea that differences between the two had anything to do with his departure from the film.

Singer and Malek are said to have been involved in a verbal altercation on set, with Singer reportedly throwing an object.

While Singer's behavior lead to him being dropped from Bohemian Rhapsody, he apparently continues to evade repercussions for the sexual misconduct allegations - an unusual anomaly in the current climate of Hollywood, where studios are instantly distancing themselves from anyone who comes under scrutiny.

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"Hours after the announcement that he had been terminated, the 52-year-old, through his lawyer, responded, "'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine. Then yesterday, producers Fox stated - simply - that "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of "Bohemian Rhapsody". The film had been shooting in London. After a few years of rumours and production delays, it was announced earlier this year that Bryan Singer would be stepping up to take the reins of the film. Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame was cast as Freddie Mercury in the film and from one production still certainly passes for a dead ringer of the singer. Cinematographer Thomas Newton Siegel reportedly had to fill in for Singer on some days when he wasn't around, and actor Tom Hollander, who play Queen's manager, Jim Beach, apparently quit the movie temporarily due to Singer's behavior, though he was convinced to return.

The movie is still expected to meet its scheduled December 2018 release. When news broke, it was detailed that the studio fired Singer under the "pay or play" portion of his contract after he failed to arrive on set. The outlet says an insider claims Singer is "suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions on the set".

Singer is known best for directing movies like "The Usual Suspects" and numerous "X-Men" movies. Now, 20th Century Fox have confirmed that he is no longer directing the film.

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