“Bohemian Rhapsody” production halted due to Director’s “unexpected unavailability”

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Production on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been put on hold as a result of the director’s Bryan Singer’s “unavailability.”

The studio behind the film, Twentieth Century Fox, released a statement on Friday saying: “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.”

The BBC was the first to report that it was illness that forces the director to stop working on the Freddie Mercury film which will tell the story of the late Queen frontman’s life. The director’s representative said it was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.”

Filming is taking place in the UK with Rami Malek starring as Freddie Mercury. Singer’s past directing credits include The Usual Suspects, four X-Men movies and Superman Returns.

Despite this delay, Bohemian Rhapsody is still scheduled for its original release date on December 25, 2018.