This has been a stressful week over at 20th Century Fox, but it now looks like the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is in good hands. According to Deadline, Dexter Fletcher is set to replace Bryan Singer as the director.
Fletcher may not be well known by mainstream audiences, but many may recognize some of his work that includes Eddie the Eagle, which starred Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.
The outlet states that Fletcher will oversee the last two weeks of the film’s production (which will resume next week), and from there will determine if they need to go back and shoot scenes. He will then hop into postproduction, in hopes of making the originally planned December 2018 release date.
Given that Fletcher is on deck to direct the Elton John biopic, this is a nice warm-up for him.
As far as Fletcher’s previous work, I think Eddie the Eagle is an indication that the filmmaker is good at creating films that are lovingly set in a certain time period. Given that Bohemian Rhapsody will likely be set mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, it’s nice to know he’s already had some work in a relatively similar period.
This new hiring comes on the heels of Bryan Singer’s firing. In the past, Singer had been noteworthy for his unreliability, where he’d show up late to set or not at all. After this past Thanksgiving break, Singer reportedly didn’t show up on set for three days, and it certainly didn’t help that he had clashed with actor Rami Malek during production.
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