How Bohemian Rhapsody Is Crediting Fired Director Bryan Singer

Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

There's been a peculiar trend when it comes to blockbuster directors. Quite a few major movies have seen their director depart before wrapping, for various reasons. While Solo: A Star Wars Story directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were canned by Lucasfilm, Zack Snyder departed Justice League after suffering a family tragedy. Bryan Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody after being absent from the set in the wake of a reported family emergency, with director Dexter Fletcher brought on to complete the Freddy Mercury biopic. But despite being fired and not completing the shoot, Singer will still be credited as Bohemian Rhapsody's director.

News of Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody credit, which comes to us from Deadline, shouldn't be a major surprise. The majority of the upcoming musical film's contents were in the can when he left. Furthermore, it seems like Dexter Fletcher simply kept the schedule and movie machine going in order to wrap on time. Ultimately it'll be interesting to see how focused the vision of Bohemian Rhapsody is, and if it ends up being disjointed due to Bryan Singer's departure.

When Bryan Singer stopped showing up to the Bohemian Rhapsody set, he reportedly needed to tend to a pressing medical situation for one of his parents. Singer was denied the request from the studio, which ultimately led to his decision to leave the project altogether. In response, Fox severed all ties with the director and his projects.

Bohemian Rhapsody had a fair amount of controversy surrounding it before Bryan Singer's surprising departure from the film. He reportedly clashed quite a bit with the film's star, Mr. Robot's Rami Malek. Given the various wild cards associated with Bohemian Rhapsody, the pressure will be on for the final film to deliver. Movies with multiple directors can often feel disjointed, even if the director got along with the cast. Add on drama from the set, and there's a bit of a dark cloud currently surrounding the movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody will follow the formation of the legendary band Queen, as well as details about the life of singer Freddie Mercury. Supporting members of the cast include Mike Myers, Game of Thrones alum Aiden Gillen, and Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse). While there may be concern over the quality of the upcoming film, the first trailer is energetic, exciting, and featured plenty of the band's beloved catalogue.

The replacement of directors in big budget movies hasn't given the optimum results as of late. Justice League was a bit of a jumbled mess. While Solo: A Star Wars Story was far more cohesive, it's failing to perform at the box office the way Disney was no doubt hoping.

The upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic will arrive in theaters on November 2nd, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.