Production has come to a stand-still on the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Twentieth Century Fox just released a vague statement on the matter, saying they’ve halted production “due to unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.” The studio only disclosed the Singer is dealing with some sort of health matter, according to Deadline.
The director has frequently gone AWOL during the project, forcing the production to take further breaks. According to Deadline, the studio is still hopeful for a Dec. 25, 2018 release, but hasn’t hinted as to how long Singer will be gone. Currently, the plan is to wait until the director can return.
This is the second time the “X-Men” director has found himself in national headlines, previously being accused of the sexual harassment and assault of several underage actors. A petition to remove his name from USC’s film school garnered over 1,500 signatures; while USC has said they are “monitoring the situation,” Singer’s name hasn’t been removed from the school department as of yet. The supporter count has gone up to 4,206 signatures at the time of this article’s publication.
Starring Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), the upcoming biopic garnered positive attention for Malek’s portrayal of Mercury after a short clip of Malek performing hit the internet. The first official image of Malek as the rockstar was also stunning, as it was nearly impossible to tell the image wasn’t of Mercury. Watch the clip of Malek channeling the Queen frontman below.