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Report: Despite Being Fired, Bryan Singer Will Make $40M from 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Thursday Jan 31, 2019

A new report from The Hollywood Reporter says controversial Bryan Singer will earn $40 million from the success of the Queen biopic "Boheman Rhapsody" despite being fired from the movie during production and being plagued with sexual misconduct allegations.

Sources told the publication that thanks to his track record of making hit movies — namely the "X-Men" franchise — and "what is said to be a strong backend provision in his deal," Singer is expected to exceed the $40 mill range for helming most of the Freddy Mercury flick.

Singer was fired from "Bohemian Rhapsody" with two weeks left of shooting because he failed to show up on set. Dexter Fletcher ("Eddie the Eagle") was hired to finish the movie. Nevertheless, Singer still has a director credit and THR reports he is "likely in line to receive blackened compensation." Sources told the publication Fox, the studio that co-financed and released the movie, is "exploring its legal options in terms of its financial obligations to Singer."

Despite the controversy, "Bohemian Rhapsody" went on to be one of the highest-grossing films of 2018, bringing in $817 million word-wide to date. It also went on to earn a number of awards, including five Oscar nominations with star Rami Malek wining a Golden Globe and getting an Oscar nod for Best Actor. The film itself is also up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards next month.

Singer, however, has not been recognized by any film awards ceremonies and recently came into the spotlight after The Atlantic publish a piece that featured several people accusing him of sexual misconduct and rape — allegations the director strongly denies. Singer called the reports a homophobic smear campaign against "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Still, Singer has already found a new project — "Sonja." THR writes:

"While Singer's upfront pay on 'Rhapsody' is unknown — his up to $10 million fee for 'Sonja' will be a career-high — Singer likely negotiated a percentage of profits after the $50 million movie broke even, as well as box office bonuses at various milestones.

But this is where it gets complicated. Backend could be forfeited if a director is fired for cause (studios reserve the right to fire over creative differences). Singer was indeed fired... but he retained credit, thus ensuring some sort of contingent compensation, according to top dealmakers who work with directors and producers. A negotiated resolution in this case was likely, say sources, but that would have been before Rhapsody became an $800 million box office behemoth.

Click here to read THR's report in full.


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