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Another one bites the dust as yet another attempt to successfully launch a Queen biopic crashes and burns. Bohemian Rhapsody, the long awaited biopic focusing on the early years of famed arena rock act Queen and slated to star Rami Malek, is up in the air after director Bryan Singer’s “unexpected unavailability” arose shortly after Thanksgiving, prompting Twentieth Century Fox Film to temporarily halt production.
“Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer,” reads Fox’s full statement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer failed to return to the set after the Thanksgiving holiday, leaving producers concerned enough to seriously consider replacing him; there was at least one occasion in which Singer failed to show up and a cinematographer stood in his place to direct, and it’s been reported that Singer’s tendency to not show up caused a rift between himself and the film’s star, Rami Malek.
Reps for Singer issued a statement explaining his absence from Bohemian Rhapsody, stating:
“This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family. Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”
Scheduled to hit theaters Christmas Day 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody’s fate is starting to looking more and more uncertain as the days go by. Here’s hoping that Fox can figure out a solution that will allow production to continue either with Singer or another director with a more reliable track record. Fingers crossed!