Friday, June 14, 2024

Freddie Mercury Movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” Gets Director of Much Admired “Sunshine on Leith”


Freddie Mercury will still get Somebody to Love. Under pressure, Fox has hired a new director to replace Bryan Singer on “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The new director is Dexter Fletcher, who made the much admired “Sunshine on Leith” with music from the Proclaimers. That film scored a 93 on Rotten Tomatoes with 40 reviews. It was a hit at festivals Fletcher’s only made a couple of films, and from his pictures it looks like he really needs a comb. But he has only has a couple of weeks left to film.

Singer is who knows where, doing who knows what. His career is kind of wrecked as he’s been tossed from his Fox offices. But since Fox is going to be sold, it’s doubtful he would have stayed– especially at Disney.

The DGA will have to rule about who made “Bohemian Rhapsody.” At least they didn’t have to reshoot Rami Malek’s scenes using Christopher Plummer, although that would have been interesting.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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