Last week, Twentieth Century Fox announced that it had halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody — the highly anticipated biopic on Queen, the British rock band led by iconic bisexual frontman Freddie Mercury — because of the “unexpected unavailability” of the film’s bisexual director, Bryan Singer, after Singer failed to return to the filming set following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Yesterday, Fox announced that it had fired Singer amid rumors of his on-set clashes with Rami Malek, the actor portraying Mercury. And now, Singer has released a personal statement casting Fox as the villain and saying that the film studio fired him after refusing to give him time off to deal with health issues involving one of his parents.
Here’s the Bryan Singer explanation for his absence
Initially, the director’s team had released a statement to the BBC stating that Singer’s absence was due to “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.” But in his personal statement, Singer elaborates, stating:
Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.
The Bryan Singer explanation also goes into alleged on-set drama
Singer’s statement also addressed his rumored on-set clashes with Malek, stating:
While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving.
I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first.
Fox didn’t respond to Singer’s newly released explanation. The movie had been filming in London. Fox has promised to name a new director soon.