Bryan Singer, he of directing The Usual Suspects and four X-Men flicks, is no longer calling the shots for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

There has long been rumour of a certain flakiness to the Singer’s ability to be present on set when required, as well as squabbles with cast members, and things have most definitely come to a head with him given the boot, as broken by THR.

It’s developed into a real battle of “he said, he said,” too.

While the studio cites many set absences – including a failure to return following Thanksgiving – Singer tells a different story to Deadline.

The director claims that due to his mother’s health issues he’d asked Twentieth Century Fox for some time off.

“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,” Singer says. “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. Rumours 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 honour 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.”

Singer’s production company has left the building, and we await news of who’ll take over the director’s not-so-comfy chair to complete Bohemian Rhapsody. After all, the show must go on…

UPDATE 8/12/17: Noted actor and now director Dexter Fletcher, who last gave us Eddie the Eagle, has been brought in to complete Bohemian Rhapsody.

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