The future of Freddie Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is up in the air as it's revealed that director Bryan Singer has left the project. He revealed in a statement that his termination was the result of his not being given the time to care for a sick relative.

Bryan Singer on the set of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'Bryan Singer on the set of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

After Fox revealed yesterday (December 4th 2017) that the filmmaker was no longer a part of the film only days after they announced that filming had been halted, Bryan Singer has hit back with a claim through his attorney Andrew B. Brettler suggesting that the producers were unsympathetic towards his circumstances. 

''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 U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents', he said in a statement obtained by Variety

'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.'

There had been rumours that Bryan left because of ongoing disagreements with leading star Rami Malek, though the director insisted that any dispute between them has been sorted out.

'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', he continued. 'I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first.'

As unfair as it may seem if we were to accept the extent of Bryan's claims, it's unlikely he would be able to file a lawsuit for unfair dismissal. Fox Studios ended his contract under the 'pay of play' section of their agreemnent given his continued absences on shooting days. Allegedly, Tom Hollander, who plays Jim Beach, left the project temporarily out of frustration over Bryan's behaviour, and Rami Malek had apparently also made complaints.

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No replacement director has yet been named.