Though 20th Century Fox gave no explanation for his exit, Singer accuses the studio of not allowing him time to put his "health, and the health of my loved ones, first."
Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" hit a major roadblock on Monday, after the movie studio behind it announced director Bryan Singer had been fired from the project.
The 20th Century Fox movie, starring Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury, still has about two weeks of photography remaining, in addition to any necessary reshoots or pickups. It's unclear who will take the reigns from Singer going forward.
Here's everything we know about Singer's ousting so far:
Behind the Scenes Drama
20th Century Fox's official statement said simply, "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody." That announcement came after the company said production was first "temporarily halted" last week, "due to the unexpected unavailability" of the director.
So, what happened? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer "went missing during production" on more than one occasion and clashed with the film's stars. Tom Hollander reportedly quit the project, before being convinced to return, while Malek complained about the director's lack of professionalism. THR also says there was a heated confrontation between Malek and Singer that involved "Singer throwing an object."
Singer also didn't return to set after Thanksgiving, a move that ultimately did him in.
What Singer Says Happened
In a statement, Singer shot down a lot of the reported drama and accused Fox of not allowing him the time he needed to "temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first."
"With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents," he continued. "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."
He conceded that he and Rami did have "creative differences on set," but said the two had "successfully put those differences behind" them. Malek has yet to comment on Singer's exit.
Not the First Time:
Singer apparently has a reputation for pulling disappearing acts while filming.
THR noted that he briefly went MIA while working on both "X-Men: Apocalypse" - another Twentieth Century Century Fox film - and the 2006 movie "Superman Returns."
Singer's Production Company Gets the Boot Too
Singer's production company, Bad Hat Harry, was kicked off the Twentieth Century Fox lot.
According to Variety, the director's first look deal with them ended in October and wasn't renewed. Singer's company was given a stay of execution while he completed work on "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Now that he's off the project, Bad Hat Harry is off the lot.