The Queen biopic has a new leader, for the final two weeks and possibly reshoots.
Dexter Fletcher, director of "Eddie the Eagle," "Wild Bill," and "Smoking Guns," has been tapped to direct "Bohemian Rhapsody." Deadline said Fletcher will resume production next week on the Rami Malek-fronted film that had paused production due to troubles with Bryan Singer.
Singer was fired as director after failing to return from set after Thanksgiving break and reportedly clashing with Malek, who stars as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Singer shot back that he and Malek had worked out their differences, and he chided the studio for failing to support him in his absence to tend to a sick parent.
Deadline added an interesting behind-the-scenes note on the director switcheroo. Their sources said the studio was checking out potential replacements even before Singer went missing after Thanksgiving. Fox denied that. But here's more from Deadline:
"My sources said that the film didn't appeal to everyone. The payday will be big, but it will be a lot of work, and it is entirely up to the DGA whether Fletcher will get directing credit on the film, considering that Singer was almost finished with principal photography when he was removed. The original directors of World War Z and the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One remained the directors of record, even though the reshoots were supervised by others."
There are only about two weeks left of filming on the schedule, but Fletcher could elect to reshoot scenes. Fletcher will then oversee postproduction, aiming to keep "Bohemian Rhapsody" on schedule for its December 25, 2018 release.
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