Dexter Fletcher has been hired to replace Bryan Singer to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Filming is expected to resume next week, just days after Bryan was let go for his unreliability and frequent absences.
Singer was originally hired to direct the film, but after several months of filming, he was let go by producers on Monday (11Dec17) after he reportedly failed to return to the set in the United Kingdom after America's Thanksgiving break. The new director certainly has less experience in the job, but there's every reason he'll do it justice.
Representatives from Fox have now confirmed that Fletcher, who helmed films such as Eddie the Eagle and Wild Bill, will replace Singer. It has also been claimed that Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, quit the film at one point because of Singer's behavior.
Bohemian Rhapsody, scripted by Anthony McCarten, with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as music producers, will follow the years leading up the band's Live Aid concert in 1985. 'But Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first'.
Funnily enough, Singer's replacement - Dexter Fletcher - was originally involved in the biopic back when Ben Whishaw was to play Mercury instead of Mr. Robot's Rami Malek. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S.to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.
"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services", Singer wrote.
In spite of the last-minute shake-up, Fox is still looking to release the film in the US on 25 December 2018.
The studio statement on Fletcher's hiring doesn't indicate whether or not there'll be reshoots or if he'll be drastically changing the make-up of Singer's film, but it's likely that there'll be a number of scenes reshot as Fox claims that Singer was regularly absent from the set.