Bryan Singer Was Replaced on BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY By Director Dexter Fletcher
Following the big fallout between director Bryan Singer and FOX, the studio has officially replaced Singer as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer was fired from the production earlier this week and now director Dexter Fletcher will finish the film.
Fletcher is an interesting choice. He directed the wonderful film Eddie The Eagle and has also acted in a couple Matthew Vaughn films such as Kick-Ass and Stardust. Fletcher was also one of the original directors in the running to helm the Freddie Mercury biopic before Singer was involved. Maybe they should have gone with him in the first place. Deadline goes on to explain:
The studio began canvassing for replacement directors even before Singer went AWOL after Thanksgiving, sources said. Fox denies this, and the studio denies that anyone but Fletcher was offered the job once Singer was sacked. My sources said that the film didn’t appeal to everyone. The payday will be big, but it will be a lot of work, and it is entirely up to the DGA whether Fletcher will get directing credit on the film, considering that Singer was almost finished with principal photography when he was removed.
Production on Bohemian Rhapsody will resume next week. There are about two to three weeks left of shooting. It could take longer depending on if Fletcher ends up wanting to reshoot some scenes. This will be a good experience for Fletcher because he is also prepping to direct the Elton John biopic.
The film "chronicles Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS. Malek channels Mercury’s look from that global-concert event."
The movie stars Rami Malek in the lead role and studio still plans on keeping the film on track to be released on December 25, 2018.