'Bohemian Rhapsody' finds director to replace Bryan Singer

Dexter Fletcher is taking over the reins and filming is expected to resume next week

Sacha Baron Cohen had been set to write, direct and star as Mercury since the film was announced in September 2010 but in the summer of 2013 he pulled out of the project, reportedly because he and Queen, who have script and director approval, were unable to agree on the type of movie they wanted to make.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" will hit US cinemas on December 25, 2018. Still, it's noted that the new director could opt to reshoot scenes filmed by Singer. Rumor has it that there are only two weeks of shooting left before production is complete and the movie can go in post-production.

The Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is back on track with a new director just days after original helmer Bryan Signer was sacked. The studio was fed up with his unexplained absences, forcing cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel to step in as the director more often than not. He added, "This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health".

According to Deadline, Singer did not return from Thanksgiving break and was not reachable for three days. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.




Fletcher's directing credits include "Eddie the Eagle", distributed by Fox, and "Sunshine on Leith". This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.

The decision reflected an escalating clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by Singer's being missing from the set, necessitating the December 1 production shutdown of the film in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen, which has been shooting in London.

Joining Malek in the biopic are Gwilym Lee of Jamestown as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy of X-Men: Apocalypse as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joseph Mazzello of The Social Network as bassist John Deacon.

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