Sounds like someone wants to break free: Fox has suspended filming on its upchartph.coming Freddie Mercury biopic because, last we checked, the show can't go on without its director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's high-profile helmer, Bryan Singer, "failed to return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday break, leaving producers nervous about the state of the production and talking about potentially replacing him."
Fox confirmed the production delay in a statement to Mashable: "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer."
No word on what Singer's "unexpected availability" entails, although a rep for Singer tells Variety the director's absence is due to "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family. Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”?
But that might not be the whole story. According to THR:
"Sources say that filming on the biopic has not been easy. For example, insiders tell THR?that producers and his star had grown tired of Singer's behavior, which saw him routinely show up late to set. Another source has said that a cinematographer had to step in and direct during a previous 'non-showing.'"
THR also reports that Singer has apparently "disappeared during a production" before, on Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse.?
Bohemian Rhapsody stars Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon.?