"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", a 2oth Century Fox spokesperson told TheWrap. The trade writes that the studio chose to ax Singer after the director disappeared from set and allegedly got into a confrontation with star Rami Malek, who plays the late Freddie Mercury in the film.
Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, also is said to have briefly quit the film because of Singer's behavior, but was persuaded to return, according to one source.
There have been rumors of Singer clashing with star Rami Malek since production began, most notably due to Singer's absence and his "unreliability and unprofessionalism". In one instance, a cinematographer had to fill in to direct during a "non-showing" of Singer.
A new story from The Hollywood Reporter makes specific mention of tension between Singer and Malek.
This follows Singer being absent from set on numerous occasions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources tell the publication that Singer's unprofessional behaviour on and off set resulted in multiple complaints to the studio.
This was the last straw for the studio heads, who opted to terminate him under his pay-or-play contract.
Word around town is that Fox has been having discreet discussions with replacement helmers to finish the film, even before the studio halted production today.
But then Singer did not return to the set after the Thanksgiving break and is believed to have been in the US for about the last ten days, according to one source.