I hate to walk this back, but I’m beginning to think The Curse Of Freddie Mercury may be a fallacy and the problems with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are entirely the fault of Bryan Singer, and Bryan Singer alone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan was skating on thin ice before a single frame was shot. Several Fox executives and producers are speaking out about why Bryan got hired despite his reputation for tempestuous and unprofessional behavior, and why nobody was surprised when he was fired for the same.
Like a lot of people, Bryan Singer is afraid of climate change. But unlike a lot of us, it’s not the melting ice caps or rising sea temperatures he’s sweating. He’s more concerned with “today’s climate”, the one that’s unfairly affecting men’s careers based on “mere accusations”. According to The Wrap, Bryan is taking preemptive measures to defend himself against a possible upcoming article in Esquire that’s not going to do him any favors in his quest to pretend those pesky sexual assault allegations are unfounded.
Want your movie to languish in development hell and be cursed by The Ghost Of Freddie Mercury? Then go ahead and hire Bryan Singer. I guess the good folks over at Millennium are fresh out of scruples and aren’t afraid of no ghosts because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they are in negotiations with Bryan to direct Red Sonja, a movie based on a Conan The Barbarian comic book spinoff that was already made into a stupid movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen back in 1985. Get ’em, Freddie!
Bryan Singer was pretty much on the teaching staff of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (he taught Film Theory and Twink Acquisition 101). He’s directed four of the X-Men movies, directed the pilot episode of Fox’s The Gifted (mutant teens on the run), and was credited as “Executive Producer” on FX’s Legion (Professor X’s son’s life is batshit crazy). But Professor X looks to be gearing up to ride his wheelchair over Singer’s career. Singer has asked that his name be taken off Legion and it’s reportedly due to his being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003. Continue reading
When Bryan Singer was fired from the Queen biopic, some of us opened up an umbrella and held on to something sturdy while waiting for a downpour of other shoes, sandals, wingtips, espadrilles and combat boots to drop. The other shoe has dropped in the form of a lawsuit by a man who claims when he was 17 years old, Bryan raped him during a party on a yacht. But Kevin Spacey shouldn’t clear out a drawer for Bryan in his room at an Arizona creep rehabilitation facility just yet. Because Bryan claims that the lawsuit is nothing but a shakedown…. breakdown takedown everybody wants into the crowded line. Sorry, I know now is not the time for a Bob Seger song, but that’s what my brain immediately starts singing whenever I see the word “shakedown.” Blame it.
Somebody over at Fox had a really long night on the phone cold calling all the directors listed in the yellowpages trying to find an emergency replacement for recently shit-canned Bryan Singer for the already-in-production Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The good news is they only had to get down as far as the “F”s before they hit pay-dirt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dexter Fletcher will be stepping in in to fill Bryan’s oh-so-problematic shoes.
With Fletcher at the helm, production is expected to resume next week. Fletcher, who made his screen debut in 1976’s Bugsy Malone, has extensive acting credits that include Stardust and Kick-Ass. He made his directorial debut with 2011’s Wild Bill and most recently helmed 2016’s Eddie the Eagle, a biopic about the British ski jumper who took the 1988 Winter Olympics by storm.
Dexter looks SORTA familiar to me. And in case you couldn’t tell by his name, Dexter is English. He’s been in a butt load of British period movies which are like catnip to me. My husband calls them my “costume parties”. I think Dexter looks like Jemaine Clement in old man drag.
This movie has been cursed from the onset and I don’t think Freddie Mercury wants it to happen. Freddie is up in heaven right now laughing his sainted ass off at these mortal fools trying to put their stank all up on his legacy. They do be trying though. The movie is set to be released on Christmas Day, 2018. They have one year to try to appease Freddie and get their shit together. Otherwise, Freddie’s going to make sure each and every one of them gets nominated for a Razzie.