Hollywood is an interesting beast. In addition to all the egos that come into play during the process of creation, there is also all the rules, regulations, and red tape that surround the industry. Many said rules are made up by guilds — such as the Director’s Guild of America — who work to protect the creative type working for the studios. In many cases, this is a great thing, as it helps to ensure fair wages and proper credit. In others, it feels a bit counterintuitive.
This leads up to the story behind Bryan Singer, a filmmaker who you likely mostly recognize from the X-Men films. Last December, we reported on the news that Singer was fired from the production of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic for Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. This came in the wake of him reportedly failing to return to production for three days following Thanksgiving break.
Now, Deadline is reporting that, in spite of this less-than-amenable parting, Singer is still set to receive credit for the film, which is set to hit theaters this November.
Since Singer’s sacking, Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher hopped on board to finish out the remaining three weeks of production. Basically, Singer had personal issues and wanted to take a hiatus. The plus side here is that the studio didn’t feel the need to overhaul what was done. All they needed was for Fletcher to come in and finish the job that Singer started.
With all that in mind, does it make sense for Singer to retain director credit? Sound off down below!
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