Production on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has indefinitely been put on ice following a “health matter” concerning director Bryan Singer. According to Deadline.com, rumors surrounding the movie’s periodic shutdowns are due to Singer’s frequent absences with unofficial reports claiming that most recently, Singer has gone AWOL for three straight days. The studio issued a statement regarding the film, which reads: “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.”
Singer’s spokesperson issued a statement for the director, saying, “This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family. Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”
There are industry whispers that Fox has already been in talks to find a director to finish the film, which is expected to open in December 2018. Deadline sources reported, “the film is about two weeks away from completing principal photography, so if another direct is brought in, he or she would need to finish the shoot and oversee post-production.”
Bryan Singer is best known for directing such big budget action films as Superman Returns, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
In addition to Rami Malek from Mr. Robot, who portrays late-frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, the three actors playing the surviving members of Queen in the upcoming biopic are: Gwilym Lee from The Tourist as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy — recently seen as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse — as drummer Roger Taylor, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Joe Mazello will appear as bassist John Deacon.
Shortly before his 1991 death, Freddie Mercury admitted he was amazed by Queen’s longevity and massive global fan base: “I must say, I didn’t really think we were going to last that long. You never think about it. You don’t get up every morning and think, ‘My God, this is going to be over.’ You just carry on and come up with fresh ideas and think about what to do. So, as long as we don’t take it too seriously. Earlier on we used to take it very seriously and I think it got a bit too serious. And I just thought to myself, we should try and inject some fun into it, y’know?” in Nottingham, England.