They said: "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer". The trade writes that the studio made a decision to ax Singer after the director disappeared from set and allegedly got into a confrontation with star Rami Malek, who plays the late Freddie Mercury in the film.
"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", a studio spokesperson said in a statement.
Representatives for Singer and representatives for Malek have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment about the reported firing.
Singer has developed a reputation for disappearing mid-production, having also also gone missing during filming for Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse.
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Further, star Rami Malek - who is playing Freddie Mercury in the film - complained about Singer's numerous absences, unreliability and unprofessionalism. There have been rumors surrounding Singer and the production for some time, including that film took breaks more than once because of the mercurial director going AWOL from the London shoot.
Malek, who's made a name for himself as the star of the hit US series Mr. Robot, complained to Twentieth Century Fox about Singer's behavior. Singer's prolonged absence was the final straw, and so the studio chose to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract. The film has about two weeks left in principal photography, and then the new director will oversee post production and possibly do some reshooting, so there is a lot of heavy lifting involved.
However, this all occurred before Singer failed to show up on set after the Thanksgiving weekend.
Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 25, 2018.