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Mamma Mia: Bryan Singer was Fired From the Queen Biopic for Taking Time Off to Care for a Sick Parent

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If you were excited for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after seeing pictures of Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury, you might wanna slow your roll. Why? Because the director of the film, Bryan Singer, has been officially let go with only weeks left to shoot.

There have been rumors floating around that Singer was having arguments with Rami Malek, and thus, was fired from the movie. However, that turns out to be totally untrue. According to Singer, he was fired for having to take time off to care from a sick parent.

According to THR, Singer said in a statement:

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.”

Singer continued,

“Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. 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 Freddie Mercury and 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.”

Last week production on the film ceased. I assume it’s so they can find a new director (?).

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