FILE – In this March 3, 2012 file photo, director Bryan Singer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the play “8” in Los Angeles. A man who claims he was sexually abused by “X-men” franchise director Singer said Thursday, April 17, 2014, that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never prosecuted. Egan sued Singer in Hawaii on Wednesday, 16 April 2014, and is seeking more than $ 75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
Almost as soon as it let go of the first director, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” biopic has a new helmer.
The news comes after 20th Century Fox, New Regency and Graham King made the call earlier this week to remove Bryan Singer as the director of the movie focused on the Queen-frontman Freddie Mercury. Now, Variety reports that the film will be the place of the principal, with “Eddie the Eagle” director Dexter Fletcher. The studio reportedly made the announcement on Wednesday, two days after the release of the Singer.
As previously reported, the Singer was dismissed because of two reasons. The first was that he allegedly had numerous clashes with the movie star, “Mr. Robot” Rami Malek. These clashes reportedly led to allegations of unprofessionalism against the Singer, which reached its peak when the “X-men” director neglected to show up to the London set up after Thanksgiving.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Singer denied any unprofessionalism and claimed the studio had not meet him halfway when it came to his obligation to a seriously ill parent ” as for his own health.
“I wanted nothing more than to be able to the end of this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen,” he said in a statement, “but Fox would not allow me to do that because I need to temporarily put my health and for the health of my loved ones, first.”
As Deadline notes, there are only two weeks left of principal filming for the movie, and then Fletcher will oversee the post-production of the things. This will be a good warm-up for him, as he had previously tapped for an upcoming biopic with singer Elton John as its subject.