Production on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the upcoming biopic about iconic band Queen, has been suspended by 20th Century Fox according to The BBC.
The reasoning has certainly raised eyebrows as, in a statement from the studio, the halt of filming has been put down to the “unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.” The director’s representative told the BBC that the reason was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family… Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”
THR adds that Singer didn’t return to set after the Thanksgiving, reportedly leaving the producers concerned about the production and “talking about potentially replacing him” for the remainder of the film which has two more weeks of filming to complete. Singer has reportedly upped and disappeared from at least two sets before including “X-Men Apocalypse” and “Superman Returns”.
Additionally there have been reported clashes between Singer and actor Rami Malek who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, with the director reportedly often turning up late on set. Joe Mazzello, Ben Hardy, and Gwilym Lee co-star in the film which has been filming in the U.K. and there isn’t expected to be a change in the December 2018 release date.