Despite any controversy surrounding him, and despite the fact that he was fired from the movie before it was finished, Bryan Singer stands to make a boatload of cash for his work on recent Best Picture Oscar nominee Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer has had his share of controversies in the past, but things have been piling up for the filmmaker as of late. Still, it doesn't seem to be getting in the way of his ability to make millions of dollars, now or in the future.
According to a new report, Bryan Singer could be due as much as $40 million for Bohemian Rhapsody. The Queen biopic went on to become a massive hit, blowing away even the most bullish expectations, to earn $817 million at the global box office. Considering the $50 million budget, that makes this a huge hit for 20th Century Fox. It also means that Singer, per his contract, is due a tremendous amount of money in bonuses. But the situation, as it exists, is quite complex, since Singer was indeed fired before production concluded.
Bryan Singer was fired with just two weeks left during the initial production on Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer was fired for his on-set behavior, and allegedly not showing up to set on crucial days. Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) was hired to come in and finish the movie, alongside several key producers. However, Singer managed to retain his directing credit, which is crucial as it relates to this massive amount of money he may be owed. Even though he was fired, since the movie is credited to Singer, he's still entitled to those bonuses, or at least some of those bonuses, given the movie's tremendous financial performance, despite middling reviews from many critics.
Fox is reportedly looking into their legal options, as it relates to their financial obligations to Bryan Singer. But he will at least wind up walking away with a chunk of that money, to be certain. For many, this will come as unwelcome news. Singer not only was fired from the movie and has been happy to take credit for its success, but he also has been facing multiple accusations of sexual assault and rape from various men. Recently, an expose published in The Atlantic brought forth four new accusers, several of whom say they were underage at the time of their sexual encounters with Singer.
Shortly after the movie was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Bryan Singer, who had quite actively been posting behind the scenes images and video from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, especially after the Golden Globe win, deleted every single one of them in a means to distance himself from the production in hopes that he didn't hurt it's Oscar chances.
As such, many have wanted to see the filmmaker behind the X-Men franchise ousted from Hollywood, and they certainly don't want to hear that he's set to earn millions of dollars for his work. To that point, despite the recent accusations, Bryan Singer is still attached to direct the long-gestating Red Sonja remake for Millennium Films, for which, he will be paid up to $10 million. Until Singer is actually convicted of a crime, or so it would seem, he's going to continue to enjoy A-list money on high-profile projects, despite his past behavior. This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.