Production has halted on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to an alleged “health matter” involving director Bryan Singer.
In a somewhat unusual step, studio 20th Century Fox announced in a statement that they were temporarily stopping production due to the director’s alleged ill health. “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer,” the statement reads.
The film is being shot in the United Kingdom with Mr. Robot lead Rami Malek playing the title role.
Though most outlets are reporting this as per the studio’s statement, The Hollywood Reporter are somewhat more skeptical – they allege that Singer has been routinely tardy on the set, and simply failed to return after the Thanksgiving break. This is from THR’s report:
For example, insiders tell THR that producers and his star had grown tired of Singer’s behaviour, which saw him routinely show up late to set. Another source has said that a cinematographer had to step in and direct during a previous “non-showing.”
It is alleged that producers on the film have been strongly considering replacing Singer due to his unpredictability on the set.
Commentary on social media has been even more skeptical, with some alleging that previously circulated allegations of sexual misconduct are coming to a head.
Live footage of Bryan Singer running from his problems pic.twitter.com/q1avc45M5p
— Adam Goldman (@theadamgoldman) December 2, 2017
Singer has been sued for sexual misconduct in the past, and he has strenuously denied all allegations.
We’ll keep you updated.