Sources say that Bryan Singer, the original director of Bohemian Rhapsody, will never work for another major Hollywood studio.
The Freddie Mercury biopic has grossed more than $800 million worldwide so far and garnered five Oscar nominations, including Best Actor for its star Rami Malek. But Singer, 53, long accused of having sex with underage boys, is reportedly now as unemployed as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen.
Avi Lerner, whose company Millennium Films has churned out such genre movies as Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Legend of Hercules and the Expendables trilogy, is the only producer willing to work with Singer.
It was announced in September that Singer would direct Red Sonja, a Conan the Barbarian comic-book spinoff that Lerner had been trying to develop for 10 years. Actresses considered for the title role have included Rose McGowan, Megan Fox and Amber Heard.
Lerner stood by Singer last week after the Atlantic published an article, in which four men claimed Singer had sex with them when they were teenagers. Singer dismissed the story as “a homophobic smear piece.”
“I know the difference between agenda-driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision,” Lerner said in a statement.
“In America people are innocent until proven otherwise.”
An ex-employee accused Millennium Films of widespread sexual harassment in 2017.
But Singer is only “attached” to the movie and doesn’t have a contract yet. Sources said Lerner would loath to pay Singer the full $10 million reported to be his fee.
“Avi is a bargain hunter,” one movie veteran said.
“He sees an opportunity to hire a top director at less than a top salary. They may be able to reach a deal.”
If Singer does direct, finding a star to play the lead will be difficult and big-name actresses are expensive.
A rep declined to comment on the movie’s contract.
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– Written by Jackson Miller