Production of Queen Biopic Put On Hold

December 4, 2017
Brian May of Queen

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UPDATE (12/5/17): Bryan Singer is no longer the director working on the Queen biopic, 20th Century Fox has confirmed. While 'The Hollywood Reporter' notes that the firing follows an ongoing "clash" between Singer and lead actor Rami Malek (who plays Freddie Mercury), Singer insists that while there were creative differences, the pair has put any disagreements behind them. In a statement, Singer maintains that he was let go when he asked for time off to head stateside to address his parents' health concerns—and dealing with those concerns ultimately led to health concerns of his own. Within the next few days, a new director is expected to be revealed. 


ORIGINAL POST (12/4/17):

20th Century Fox has put the production of the much-anticipated Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, on hold following director Bryan Singer’s post-Thanksgiving-break no-show on set, says The Hollywood Reporter.

According to Fox, Singer’s failure to appear on set was “unexpected.” While Singer’s director told the BBC that his absence was due to a personal health concern, this apparently isn’t the first time he’s dipped out. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the director was M.I.A. during the production of both Superman Returns (2006) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

That said, it looks like the film is still set for a December 2018 release.