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Bryan Singer Could Make $40 Million for a Movie He Was Fired From

Bryan Singer Could Make $40 Million for a Movie He Was Fired From

Bryan Singer Could Make $40 Million for a Movie He Was Fired From

The director's backend deal on 'Bohemian Rhapsody' could net him a huge payday.

Bryan Singer may have been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody before if became a box office smash -- for feuding with star Rami Malek, trashing equipment, and disappearing from set -- but according to The Hollywood Reporter the director still stands to make a lot of money from the tepid (and not very gay) Freddie Mercury biopic. Thanks to his track record of financially successful films and a "strong backend provision in his deal," experts estimate that Singer could make around $40 million from the film.

Singer, who was exposed last week in a comprehensive expose by The Atlantic for years of sexual assault allegations, was fired from the Queen biopic late in production and replaced by Dexter Fletcher. All awards season-long the cast has acted as if the film was just ... not directed by anyone. Despite Singer's deal, sources tellTHR that Fox, who co-financed and released Bohemian Rhapsody "is exploring its legal options in terms of its financial obligations to Singer."

Singer's upfront fee is unknown, but he likely negotiated a percentage of the profits after the film recouped it's $50 million budget. This fee could be fought because Singer was fired, but as the film has been so successful (pulling in over $800 million at the box office) THR says that's unlikely

This all obviously comes in the midst of Singer's very public cancelling following The Atlantic's story about Singer, who is accused by multiple men of sexual assault, many of whom were underage at the time. Singer has called the article a "piece of vendetta journalism" and a "homophobic smear piece" capitalizing on Bohemian Rhapsody's success.

But this smear campaign hasn't even cost Singer new work: he's still attached to the movie adaptation of comic series Red Sonja and has received unequivocal support from the film's producer, Avi Lerner, who toldTHR that he thinks "victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously. I just don't agree to judge by the Twitter. I want [the accused] to be judged by the court."

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