Bryan Singer has been fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, 20th Century Fox confirmed to The Times.
“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,'” the studio said in a statement.
At the time, the studio credited the halt in production to Singer’s “Unexpected unavailability.”
A representative for Singer told BBC News that his absence was prompted by “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the firing comes on the heels of mounting tension between Singer and the film’s star Rami Malek concerning Singer’s frequent absences that necessitated Sunday’s production shutdown.
The Hollywood Reporter also reports that Singer had been warned before production began by Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts that they wouldn’t tolerate any unprofessional behavior on his part.
In a non-physical altercation with Malek, Singer reportedly threw an object.