Bryan Singer is no stranger to controversy, and allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior with minors have been around for several years now. Earlier this week, The Atlantic posted a lengthy report (that had originally been planned for Esquire and in the works for a year) in which four accusers had the chance to speak out about their encounters with Bryan Singer. For many, this isn’t a surprise, and one would hope it could lead to Singer finally getting some sort of charges…
And yet, he won’t even be fired from his next directing gig. Back in September Millennium Films revealed they’d brought on Bryan Singer to direct their upcoming reboot of Red Sonja. Even then, people weren’t thrilled, considering accounts of his behavior following his firing off of Bohemian Rhapsody. For some (very idiotic) reason, they’ve decided to stand behind their director for the film. Producer Avi Lerner gave this statement to THR about it all:
“The over $800 million Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed, making it the highest grossing drama in film history, is testament to his remarkable vision and acumen. I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise.”
Heinous actions aside, this is still an flimsy excuse. It’s important to remember that Singer was FIRED from Rhapsody after constantly failing to show up, leaving the production in limbo for days/weeks at a time. The film was ultimately finished by another director with Singer’s name remaining attached through quirks of Director’s Guild rules. The accomplishment of Rhapsody in theaters really isn’t Singer’s to claim, so Lerner’s logic in this still doesn’t make any damn sense.
Considering all that’s going on, doubling down on Bryan Singer as a great director for your next project seems like a ridiculous idea. But hey, good luck with that Millennium!