Freddie Mercury Movie Halts Due To Bryan Singer ‘Health Issue’; Filmmaker’s Rep Responds – Update

UPDATED with statement from Bryan Singer’s reps, 5:55 PM: Production has been temporarily halted on Bohemian Rhapsody, the Bryan Singer-directed film about the British rock band Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury, with Mr Robot’s Rami Malek playing the singing legend. The studio has said the reason is a “health matter” involving the director. There have been rumors surrounding Singer and the production for some time, including that film took breaks more than once because of the mercurial director going AWOL from the London shoot. Word I am hearing is that he hasn’t shown up for the past three days.

The studio issued this vague statement: “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.”

Singer’s reps later said in a statement: “This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.  Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”

Insiders said the studio still hopes to get the film on track for a December 25, 2018 release. The studio would not comment on how far along the production has gotten before Singer took this sabbatical, or whether the film will continue with him. Indications are the studio might wait for him to return.

It becomes very difficult when a film is in production and the filmmaker has proven unreliable. 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. Sources tell Deadline that the film is about two weeks away from completing principal photography, so if another direct is brought in, he or she would need to finish the shoot and oversee postproduction.


Queen Biopic Halts Production Due to Director’s Health Issues

20th Century Fox confirmed today that production has shut down on Bohemian Rhapsody, the studio’s highly-anticipated Queen biopic, due to a health matter involving director Bryan Singer. Both the director and an unspecified family member are reportedly having health issues, but the studio’s statement wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of this matter. Take a look at the studio’s brief statement below.

“Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.”

The studio added that, despite this unexpected production shut down due to director Bryan Singer and his health matters, this should not affect the December 2018 release date that the studio has already set for the biopic. Shortly after this story first broke, reps for Bryan Singer issued a brief statement of their own, revealing when the director is expected back at work.

“This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family. Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”

There is another report from The Hollywood Reporter though that claims the director didn’t return back to the Bohemian Rhapsody set this week after the Thanksgiving break, and there has been talk among the film’s producers about potentially replacing him. Sources have claimed that it has been a troublesome production, with the director often clashing with star Rami Malek, who is portraying legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The star and other producers have reportedly grown tired of his behavior, where he would routinely show up late to set, with the director of photography stepping in to direct in his absence before.

This report also adds that Bryan Singer has pulled off disappearing acts in the past, vanishing without any warning during production on both X-Men: Apocalypse and Superman Returns. Since these statements seem to indicate production will be back on track with Bryan Singer in the new year, it seems that talk of replacing him has subsided. Fans got their first look at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury back in September with the first official photo, while images and videos surfaced from the set during the production’s re-enactment of Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium.

Rami Malek leads a cast that also includes Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse), Joe Mazzello (The Social Network), and Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders) as Freddie Mercury’s Queen bandmates. Mazzello is set to play Queen’s quiet bassist John Deacon while Hardy will play drummer/singer Roger Taylor and Lee will play guitarist/singer Brian May. Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow) wrote the screenplay for Bohemian Rhapsody which will go up against Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. You can check out The Hollywood Reporter for more on this breaking story.


Jurassic World 2 Trailer Is Almost Ready, So When’s It Coming?

Get ready to finally see the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in the very near future. It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the wait for the first Jurassic World 2 trailer is nearly over. For real this time. There have been a few false alarms, but director J.A. Bayona has teased the trailer himself this time. Considering everything we know, it’s all but guaranteed that the first substantial footage from the latest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise will arrive next week.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the first footage from Jurassic World 2, officially titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, debuted. It was merely six seconds in length and features Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady playing with a baby velociraptor. But it was more than enough to get fans excited about the potential that exists for the upcoming sequel. Now, director J.A. Bayona took to Twitter to further stir up excitement by posting a familiar, green image from the MPAA that’s shown ahead of trailers. The image came with a simple caption that confirms the wait is almost over.

“Almost there…#FALLENKINGDOM”

It’s expected that Universal wants to have the Jurassic World 2 trailer out in time to play in theaters with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which starts preview showings on December 14. They don’t want the trailer to get lost in the flow of the Star Wars chatter, so they need to release it online far enough in advance of The Last Jedi‘s release to give it some breathing room. Plus, a motion poster leaked online last week promising that the trailer was going to arrive on Thursday. It was released early, but it did clue us to the fact that the trailer will drop on a Thursday. All signs point to the Jurassic World 2 trailer dropping on Thursday, December 7. So Mark your calendars.

Fallen Kingdom sees the return of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard from Jurassic World. James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones and Rafe Spall have been added this time around. In addition, BD Wong is back as Doctor Henry Wu and Jeff Goldblum makes his welcomed return as Dr. Ian Malcolm. He hasn’t appeared in a Jurassic Park movie since The Lost World: Jurassic Park. People may not love that movie, but they love Ian Malcolm.

Next to nothing has been revealed in the way of actual plot details for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is set for release on June 22, 2018, but we’re likely to get a much better idea once the trailer drops. Or possibly beforehand, in order to hype it up a bit more. Be sure to check out the tease from director J.A. Bayona for yourself below. And be sure to keep an eye out for the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer next week. Which we’ll be sure to bring you as soon as it’s available.

Almost there…

— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) December 1, 2017


Chewbacca Actor Feels Bad About Punching That Porg

The release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is imminent and Lucasfilm has been teasing a lot of Porg involvement over the past several weeks, but a lot of Star Wars fans weren’t expecting to see Chewbacca backhand a Porg while co-piloting the Millennium Falcon. Many were taken aback by Chewie’s sudden violent outburst while others applauded the violence and are hoping for more within the movie. As it turns out, Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo who has taken over the Wookie gig from original Chewie Peter Mayhew, felt some remorse about hitting the little guy so hard.

A new Last Jedi clip surfaced last night that featured that same Porg getting slammed into the windshield, but it wasn’t at the hands of Chewbacca and instead looks like they’re in some kind of distress. USA Today recently spoke to Joonas Suotamo about the smack heard around the world and he feels bad about it. Suotamo said, “I definitely felt bad about pushing the Porg aside so violently like I did,” but the actor said it with a laugh, so maybe he did mean to do it. We’ll have to continue to investigate the footage further, partly because it’s so fun.

Chewbacca did just lose his best friend of 40 years, so many Star Wars fans were expecting the Porgs to serve as therapy animals for him in his time in need. But in the movie, Joonas Suotamo says, “like any relationship, it needs some work, and Chewie doesn’t warm up very fast to anything. He’ll need some encouragement”. Suotamo went on to insinuate that the Porgs are the ones that might need to step up and initiate the friendliness, which makes sense. They’re going to have to prove themselves to the Wookie before any real trust situations come into play.

Many Star Wars fans have been pretty scared that the Porgs are going to get a lot of screen time in The Last Jedi and the new TV spots certainly point to a bigger Porg involvement, confirming fears. Making matters worse is a recent Empire interview with Daisy Ridley, the Rey actress confirms that we haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to the Porgs. She said, “You haven’t even seen glimmer of the story they offer. What’s amazing too is that they come with us on…” Empire reports that Ridley stopped abruptly, and added, “Oops, spoiler. I’m umm… sure, there are Porgs in lots of places.” This is going to make some fans extremely angry and make Disney some dough.

Porgs are here to stay, no matter how hard Chewbacca smacks them or tries to ingest them. It looks like many fans are just going to have to come to grips that the Ewoks are back, but in the form of weird puffin/otter creatures and they’re going to be in a lot of The Last Jedi. So, you have been warned, Porgs are going to be in a lot of places. You can read more about Chewbacca’s Porg violence guilt via USA Today.

Return to a galaxy far, far away…. Get tickets to Star Wars: #TheLastJedi.

— Star Wars (@starwars) November 23, 2017


Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut Will Never Be Finished

Don’t get your hopes up when it comes to seeing a Zack Snyder director’s cut of Justice League. At least not anytime soon and, even if it ever does happen, it won’t truly be finished. A new report reveals that, while a cut of the movie does exist in some form, that form is incomplete and the work needed to finish it isn’t going to ever be done. Here’s what the new report has to say about the situation.

“Back in February, nine months prior to the release of the film, Snyder showed an early version of Justice League to the studio. It definitely wasn’t the third option (the Final cut) because the film hadn’t completed post-production, and was still nine months from its November release date. Upon seeing the rough cut, it’s been widely reported that the studio took major steps to change the film; Steps that included bringing on Joss Whedon to write- and eventually direct- a load of new material. This means that Snyder’s version stayed in whatever form it was left in back in February. Now, technically, that second cut (the Rough cut) counts as a movie. The scenes are all in the right order; It has a beginning, middle, and end; It has some effects and music; So, if you felt so inclined, you could sit down and watch it. But that doesn’t mean it’s done. “

The fact is, this cut is said to have made Warner Bros. nervous and that’s how Joss Whedon came into the picture. Snyder ultimately left the project due to a family tragedy, but Whedon was brought on to lighten up the movie long before that and he ultimately directed the very extensive reshoots. But long before the version of Justice League that we know hit theaters, Snyder had at least laid out his vision for it.

According to the report, to finish the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League that currently exists, it would need more editing, more filming to “round out the edges,” Junkie XL would need to come in to finish the score and, perhaps most importantly, visual effects work needs to be finished. Therein lies the problem, as those things would be costly. And Warner Bros. has no interest in footing the bill.

“Warner Bros won’t foot the bill for any of that, and good luck trying to get the actors back for more filming. Whether it would cost $5 Million, or $70 Million (as has been reported), the studio simply refuses to throw another dollar at this film. They haven’t even broken even on the version that’s in theaters, so why would they want to get further in the hole completing a version that’s going straight to blu ray?”

Justice League is said to have cost $300 million or more to produce. The movie has earned $489 million worldwide so far, so it hasn’t even broken even yet. And since they are moving away from Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU, why put more money into it that they won’t ever see back? This report largely clarifies statements made by reporter Mario F. Robles last week that didn’t quite tell the whole story. In any case, the report by El Fanboy, if true, squashes hopes that many have of ever seeing the Zack Snyder director’s cut of Justice League. Sorry to all of those DC fans who signed that petition to see it happen.

BREAKING: A WB Insider Has Confirmed That Only An “Assembly Cut” of Snyder’s #JusticeLeague Exists!

“Junkie score is not finished. There is SOME FX work completed. Snyder cut isn’t ‘unwatchable’ but it’s just Snyder- WB does not trust [his vision] anymore. Would cost millions.”

— Mario-F. Robles (@I_Am_MFR) November 25, 2017

It’s essentially the same rough cut they internally screened earlier this year; The cut that led to the studio essentially taking the movie away from Snyder. It has sat, untouched, since February. They refuse to invest any more money or resources into that cut.

Pass it on!

— Mario-F. Robles (@I_Am_MFR) November 25, 2017


Tarantino’s New Movie Gets a Very Significant Release Date

Sony has just revealed the release date for Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Family Murders Movie, which is August 9th, 2019. The date happens to fall on the 50th anniversary of the death of Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson Family in her home that she shared with director Roman Polanski in Benedict Canyon, just north of Beverly Hills. It was just announced that Sony won the bidding war to distribute the movie that was originally rumored to be about the Manson Family murders, but Tarantino has downplayed the rumors to say that the movie is about the year 1969.

Quentin Tarantino reportedly wants Margot Robbie to star as Sharon Tate in the still untitled movie and other big-name actors have also been in talks about jumping on board. Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt are all rumored to be attached at this time, but nothing official has been announced just yet. Details about the movie are being kept under wraps, but a recent report suggests that the Manson Family Murders will be a part of the story, but not the main focus.

A source who reportedly tried out for a part in Quentin Tarantino’s 9th movie has said that Sharon Tate will be the glue that holds two plots together. The movie is centered around the Manson family murders. It is described as a “unique take” on the 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and four others, murders committed by a group of a quasi-commune led by Charles Manson. The main plot surrounds a TV actor and his stunt double who are looking to break into the new Hollywood scene and become big time actors. It isn’t clear, but Tate’s story would bring the main story into the Manson Family murders as well. It sounds a little flimsy, but the story is unconfirmed at this time and if anybody can pull that story off, it’s Quentin Tarantino.

As previously mentioned, Sony recently won global rights on the project after a fierce bidding war. Deadline reported that Quentin Tarantino really liked Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman’s deep knowledge of movie history. The two have worked together before as Sony previously handled overseas on Tarantino’s Django Unchained and took that to a whopping $262.6 million or 62% of its $425.3 million worldwide box office. Tarantino was originally going to work with the Weinstein Company, but we all know how that worked out.

Now that there’s a release date for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie, cast and a synopsis should be coming down the wire next. The 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate’s death is an interesting choice and as it stands, there’s no direct competition for the untitled movie at that release date. Disney’s Artemis Fowl comes out the same day, but is not expected to hurt Tarantino’s box office success. You can read more about Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming 9th movie that will include Sharon Tate in a rather large role courtesy of Deadline.


Get Out Director Breaks Down Fan Theories in Hilarious Video

Jordan Peele is having an excellent week. Peele’s horror thriller, Get Out, about a young black man going to meet his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time earned three wins from the Independent Filmmaker Project on Monday night in New York City, including the Gotham Audience Award. Peele, helming his first movie, took home the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and best screenplay honor. But before all of that, the director sat down with Vanity Fair to go over some fan theories about Get Out and the results are hilarious.

Get Out came out of leftfield as many fans of Jordan Peele expected him to make a comedy movie and apparently the Golden Globes still thinks that it’s a comedy. In addition, there’s a lot to dissect and the movie deserves repeat viewings to pick up on every little bit of information that was foreshadowed. Fans of the movie have gone to great lengths to explains every little detail, sometimes coming up with whacky conspiracy theories while some actually pick up on exactly what Jordan Peele was trying to get across. Even thinking of Peele reading some the theories and seeing his expressions are worth watching alone.

One fan noticed during the airport scene, that the flight being called is 237, which is the scariest room in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Jordan Peele read the theory and owned up to it immediately, calling it one of the easiest horror Easter Eggs to do. Another fan claimed that Get Out is actually an imagined scenario of Rod the TSA agent’s mind and that he’s the true star and hero of the story. Peele chuckles and then says something about smoking too much marijuana while debunking that theory.

Another fan took notice to the music and in particular the scene where Jeremy is playing the ukulele on the porch. The fan theorizes that he’s playing a slowed down version of symphony by J.S. Bach, to which Jordan Peele laughs and reveals that he literally told the actor to play whatever he wanted, so it is not that song and it was not done on purpose. Peele also reveals that he did some voice acting in Get Out as well. He did the dear dying noises (yes, for real) and the voice on a TV commercial. One fan theory mentioned that the star of the movie is freed by picking cotton, which Jordan Peele confirmed.

There’s plenty more Get Out fan theories included in the 10-minute video and it’s worth your time, even if you’ve only seen the movie once. Jordan Peel’s reactions are priceless as are some of the Reddit user names where the theories originated from. It’s cool to see Peele confirm some of the theories and also take compliments when fans have noticed something that he didn’t do intentionally. You can watch the video of Jordan Peele going over Get Out fan theories below, via Vaniy Fair’s YouTube channel.

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Classic Disney Characters Unite In Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Mashup

What would Avengers: Infinity War look like as an animated Disney movie? We need no longer wonder. Marvel Studios decided to finally unleash the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War this week. The expectations for it were, to say the least, massive and the trailer definitely lived up to the hype. It’s pretty much dominated the conversation online this week, and for good reason. Now, someone has taken the Infinity War trailer and replaced all of the Marvel heroes with classic animated Disney characters. Surprisingly, it works pretty perfectly.

This remake Avengers: Infinity War trailer uses a bunch of animated Disney classics to recreate the same team-up and the same level of intensity that the actual trailer does. Everything from Aladdin to A Goofy Movie is utilized to make this animated Disney version of The Avengers. With Jafar standing in for Thanos, which makes a good bit of sense. It’s hard to think of any other Disney villain who could have the same type of menacing presence. At least in context to this particular trailer.

The animated version of Infinity War sees Aladdin as Tony Stark, Simba as Captain America, Hercules as Thor, Genie as Doctor Strange, with the Magic Carpet as Wong. Perhaps one of the best pulls is turning Max from A Goofy Movie into Peter Parker. There’s also the pretty clever decision to make Vision and Scarlet Witch into Lady and the Tramp, given their apparently blossoming romance. Though, quite a few Marvel fans will probably take issue with the fact that this video turns Black Panther into Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid. T’Challa is a whole lot cooler than a crab, let’s be honest. But turning Scar into Loki makes up for it. They both have that loveable villain thing going on.

Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018, is the culmination of a decade’s worth of MCU movies, which will be nearly 20 strong by the time it comes out. The movie will span the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, just as this trailer spans the Disney animated universe. Including Pixar. Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos (Josh Brolin), before his reign of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The stakes seem a little less intense in this animated version, but still intense.

As good as the majority of this trailer is, by far the best and most perfect surprise comes at the end. The Guardians of the Galaxy substitution is excellent. Be sure to check out the Avengers: Infinity War trailer with Disney characters, courtesy of the IGN YouTube channel, for yourself below.

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