Fox has replaced Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody with Dexter Fletcher, the director of films as Eddie the Eagle and Wild Bill. Fletcher will resume production next week.
There are about two weeks left on the film, unless Fletcher decides to reshoot scenes. The filmmaker will then oversee post-production as Fox hopes to keep the film on track for December 2018.
This is a good warm-up for Fletcher, who’s also attached to direct the biopic on Elton John.
Singer was fired from the film because of unreliability, culminating in him not returning from the Thanksgiving break and being AWOL for three days. He also clashed with Rami Malek, who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Fletcher started as an actor in the Matthew Vaughn films Kick-Ass and Stardust.
The studio began canvassing for replacement directors even before Singer went AWOL after Thanksgiving, sources said. Fox denies this, and the studio denies that anyone but Fletcher was offered the job once Singer was sacked.