20th Century Fox's upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, will no longer be directed by Bryan Singer. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. The studio - in a statement to the publication - said he is "no longer the director" of the film.
This is alleged to have led to a confrontation between Singer and Malek that resulted with the director throwing an object (but not at Malek).
When Singer boarded Bohemian Rhapsody, he described his vision for the movie as something the entire family could enjoy.
Allegedly, the trouble began when Singer went missing during the production on several occasions.
"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine", Singer said. The news falls in line with reports from Variety last week that stated producers at 20th Century Fox, New Regency and Graham King said filming was suspended because of Singer's "unexpected unavailability".
That prompted the studio to suspend production with three weeks of principal photography left before eventually firing Singer on Monday. This meant that his cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step into the helm some days while Singer was absent.
Malek is said to have gone straight to the studio with his complaints, citing Singer's "unreliability and unprofessionalism". Singer had reportedly failed to show up on set a couple of times, and was absent and remained in the United States following a Thanksgiving break.
Tom Hollander also reportedly quit his role as band manager Jim Beach before being convinced to return to the movie. 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.
Then came the contentious topic as to who would direct the film. At this rate, the film's initial release date of December 2018 might see this movie becoming one of the greats of the next decade.
This might appear to be a shocking turn of events given Singer's good relationship with Fox where he previously shot the successful X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse back-to-back.