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Production on Queen biopic halted due to Bryan Singer's 'unexpected unavailability'

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The long, ill-fated Queen biopic has hit another snag as director Bryan Singer has been fired from the project. "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays". In Singer's absence, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly stepped in to direct.

Tom Hollander also reportedly quit his role as band manager Jim Beach before being convinced to return to the movie.

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Malek complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.

A new story from The Hollywood Reporter makes specific mention of tension between Singer and Malek. Subsequently, however, the two are said to have settled their differences and filming was expected to resume. Singer failed to arrive on set after the Thanksgiving break. The studio would not comment on how far along the production has gotten before Singer took this sabbatical, or whether the film will continue with him. He also had brief absences during the shooting of "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Superman Returns".

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The studio producing the film - 20th Century Fox - has stopped production temporarily after what is rumored to be a sudden three-day span without Singer.

Singer vanished from the set of the Freddie Mercury biopic, causing production to halt on December 1. The movie had been filming in London. According to THR, there was no physical contact but Singer did throw an object at Malek.

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No word yet on whether the chaos behind the scenes will have any affect on the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, which is now set to premiere on December 25, 2018.

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