Bryan Singer recently took to his personal Instagram to preempt an article that 'Esquire' magazine would be publishing. He said the article would "tarnish his career".
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and it's The Hollywood Reporter that has broken news from the set of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. THR are reporting that Singer was hired for the project due to his passion for Freddie Mercury. It's believed that the director's hotel room in London was covered "wall to wall with images of Mercury".
However, there's believed to have been great tension on the set of the film. Caused somewhat by Singer's tardiness and absences, cast and crew members would find themselves "waiting around for a director whose work ethic fell short." Actor Tom Hollander is believed to have quit the project briefly, due to being upset with the director.
Singer also had an on-set altercation with actor Rami Malek. A piece of electrical equipment was reportedly thrown by Singer, prompting Malek to complain to the studio. Fox quickly dispatched several execs to London immediately to diffuse the situation.
Singer told THR in a statement that, "Any discussion about fights between myself and Rami Malek are simply an exaggeration of a few creative differences that were quickly resolved. This is normal on a film set. And I think the work speaks for itself."
When two-thirds of the movie was filmed, it's believed that this is when Singer really started to not give a toss about the project. He complained about being tired a lot of the time, and would up and leave set. He declared around Thanksgiving that he had to leave for several weeks.
Fox chairman Stacey Snider fired Singer shortly after production was shut down on December 1st. Singer announced he would be getting on a plane, even though she had advised him not to. A source told THR, "He said he was exhausted and something got thrown in that his mom was not well." Apparently his "gravely ill" mother lives in New Jersey, even though Singer was spotted in L.A. just days later.
After the debacle, Fox hired Dexter Fletcher to shoot the final couple of weeks. Singer has been credited as director on the film, but Fox stripped him of his producing credit.
Graham King, a producer who had wanted Queen on the big screen for years, said that without Singer helming the project we might never have seen a Queen biopic. He said, "Bryan Singer got this movie greenlit for me. There's no doubt about it. For that, I'll always be grateful to him."