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Bryan Singer to be credited as director of Freddie Mercury biopic

By | Published on Wednesday 13 June 2018

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Bryan Singer will be credited as the director of upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, despite not completing the project. The film was finished by Dexter Fletcher, after Singer left late last year.

Producer Graham King tells Variety: “Bryan Singer is the credited director of the film. Basically, Bryan had some personal issues going on. He wanted to hiatus the movie to deal with them, [but] the movie had to get finished. That was what it came down to. It wasn’t about re-inventing the wheel. We needed someone who would have some creative freedom, but work inside a box”.

Prior to Singer’s departure in December there were rumours of tensions on set between him and lead actor Rami Malek. However, the director said that this was not the case, adding that his departure was the result of being denied a break from the production on health grounds, and also to care for “a gravely ill parent”.

Dexter Fletcher returned to finish the film (having previously dropped out of the project in 2014), which is now set for release in the UK on 24 Oct.