Following last week's announcement that 20th Century Fox had halted production on Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to the "unexpected unavailability" of director Bryan Singer, the studio has fired Singer with just three weeks of filming remaining.

Fox had claimed that Singer had gone missing from the set on several occasions before this latest absence, and frequent creative clashes with star Rami Malek which led to a series of complaints made regarding Singer's professionalism and on-set behaviour. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer had left the London based set and spent ten days in the US to look after "a gravely ill parent".

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Bryan Singer has now released a statement to clarify why he was fired from the film.

"Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the US to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.

This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision, and it was beyond my control."

Singer also addressed the rumours about the alleged onset dispute with Rami Malek.

"Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true. While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving."

As a result of Singer's dismissal, his production company Bad Hat Harry's offices on the 20th Century Fox lot have been shut down with immediate effect. Bryan Singer started working with 20th Century Fox back in 2000 with the release of the first X-Men film and redefined what a superhero movie could be on the big screen. He remained involved with the X-Men films as a producer after bowing out as a director after X2, but he returned to course correct the franchise with Days of Future Past and then immediately went the wrong direction with its sequel X-Men: Apocalypse.

The closure of Bat Hat Harry's offices raises a question about Singer's ongoing involvement in the future of the X-Men franchise. Singer's production outfit has co-produced every instalment of the X-Men film series to date and filming on next year's Dark Pheonix wrapped in October. Longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut after Singer passed on the project to make Bohemian Rhapsody. While there still feels like there is much more to Singer departure, for now, it seems as though his time at 20th Century Fox is at an end.A new director will be brought in to complete the filming and it is expected to be announced before the end of the week.

Bohemian Rhapsody is due for release December 2018.

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