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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.