Audiences are already divided on the 20th Century Fox biopic film Bohemian Rhapsody about one of the greatest rockbands in history, Queen. Perhaps folks forget that the pitch for the flick was a look at the rise of the band as a whole, and not just the incredible frontman who took the world by storm.
Much has been written about how FOX has glanced over (at least in the first trailer and subsequent description of the film) key parts of lead singer Freddie Mercury's life- such as the 'life-threatening illness' which eventually took his life (AIDS) and his personal life (Freddie was at the very least bisexual). This prompted several prominent folks to speak out against the film, like Hannibal and American Gods former showrunner Bryan Fuller. "Do better," he urged in this tweet.
Today our friends over at Collider posted an article discussing the fact that the film's original director Bryan Singer will maintain his directorial credit, after being fired officially from the film by FOX. Dexter Fletcher was brought in shortly thereafter to complete the film, which reportedly was still 90% Singer's work. According to a comment from producer Graham King, Bryan Singer still has Bohemian Rhapsody directorial credit.
"Bryan Singer is the credited director of the film. Basically, Bryan had some personal issues going on. He wanted to hiatus the movie to deal with them, and the movie had to get finished. That was what it came down to… It wasn't about reinventing the wheel. We needed someone who would have some creative freedom, but work inside a box. [Fletcher] did us a real favor."
The other interesting tidbit today also comes from Collider, by way of their Editor-In-Chief Steven Weintraub who tweeted that Rami Malek's Freddie singing voice is actually a combination of three people.
Here's hoping the film will truly pay hommage to one of the most incredible voices in modern music, and the band that made rock anthems a thing.
Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters on November 2nd 2018.