Malek and Singer reportedly clashed over the director's absences and "unprofessionalism" on set and Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Fox Film vice chairman and president of production Emma Watts reportedly warned the filmmaker about the actor's complaints.
In the film, Malek plays Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. When Sigel had to step in again, the studio made a decision to terminate Singer (who has a pay-or-play contract) and shut production down until they sorted the mess left by their wayward director.
Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to direct filming on multiple days when Singer simply failed to turn up, according to reports, and the studio has now had enough.
Singer, also the director of The Usual Suspects, has long had accusations of child sex abuse hover over him - though, it should be said, much fewer formal accusations under the law. There are still two more weeks of filming left on the schedule, so expect them to move fast to find a replacement, as the film remains slated for December 2018. A rep for the director told the BBC that Singer is dealing with "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family" and that he'd hoped to get back to work on the movie after the holidays. The two have apparently patched things up now, but one insider told the Reporter that Singer is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder because of the set's tense atmosphere.
Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for USA release December 25, 2018.