Not bad, for a guy who got fired! Disgraced director Bryan Singer stands to make $40 million from the Oscar-nominated blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources say that because the accused sexual assaulter was fired so late in the process (reportedly for showing up late and arguing with star Rami Malek, not the assaults he was accused of) and still credited as the director, he is expecting a full payday.
To everyone’s surprise, the director’s ouster and its middling reviews didn’t stop viewers from coming to check it out. So far, the film has raked in $817 million and was nominated for five Oscars. Malek won a Golden Globe and a SAG for his performance as Freddy Mercury.
RED SONJA PRODUCER OPENS UP
Meanwhile, the head of Millennium Films is not apologizing for his unwavering support for Singer amid new alleged revelations of sexual assault.
Avi Lerner, who is behind the film company that is paying Singer $10 million to direct Red Sonja (ironically, about a sexual assault survivor), released a statement characterizing the Atlantic story describing the new accusations as "agenda-driven fake news."
In a new statement, Lerner says his support "came out the wrong way."
Still: "I don’t want to apologize. I just want to clarify the statement . . . I think 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."