Just like any of the doomed, exquisitely constructed sets of his best movies, Bryan Singer’s career is blowing up in our faces. The X-Men director has been fired from directing the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to both his sudden disappearance from the set and an intense, ongoing conflict with the film’s star, Rami Malek. And honestly, it’s kind of refreshing to hear that a powerful man’s life is imploding due to something that isn’t sexual harassment.
While we recently speculated that Singer had abandoned production in order to prepare for his own sexual harassment allegations returning to haunt him, we’ve now learned, via the Hollywood Reporter, that there’s even more to the story. Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the film, was apparently so frustrated with Singer’s frequent disappearances prior to Thanksgiving that he eventually complained to 20th Century Fox (Singer’s longtime co-parent of the X-Men movies) and even confronted the director at one point. Singer didn’t take this super well, and reportedly threw “an object.” Now, Singer is reportedly suffering from “PTSD” because of the incident and his subsequent firing, which means that he now knows what it feels like to see Superman Returns.
The idea of Rami Malek sparring with Singer in full Freddie Mercury attire is too good of an image to ignore. However, we are now afraid that the Bohemian Rhapsody movie itself will be far less entertaining. Fox has yet to announce a new director, and the film still has about two weeks of principal photography remaining. Last time we checked, it’s a little difficult to realize a director’s vision when you’re not that director.
Singer’s name has endured quite a beating lately, in no small part due to our country’s renewed scrutiny of sexual harassment cases. Reportedly, students at University of Southern California have called for his name to be removed from the school’s Division of Cinema and Media Studies due to past sexual abuse allegations against the director. Thankfully, he’s barely involved in the next X-Men movie, so we can all rest easy knowing that we’ll get to see Michael Fassbender in a skintight suit again.