According to The Hollywood Reporter, disgraced director Bryan Singer is set to potentially earn $40 million off the massive success of Bohemian Rhapsody, despite being fired from the movie and despite those damaging current sexual abuse allegations.
Because of his proven hit-making track record (the X-Men franchise), he was apparently able to snag a hefty back-end deal on the $50 million movie which has so far earned $817 million worldwide. And even though he was fired with only two weeks of shooting left on the movie for not showing up to set, he still retained his director credit, meaning he is likely in line to receive compensation from the movie’s box office gross.
This is in addition to whatever millions he already got upfront to direct the picture, of course.
Sources say Fox, the studio that co-financed and released the movie, is exploring its legal options in terms of its financial obligations to Singer.
But this is where it gets complicated. Backend could be forfeited if a director is fired for cause (studios reserve the right to fire over creative differences). Singer was indeed fired….but he retained credit, thus ensuring some sort of contingent compensation, according to top dealmakers who work with directors and producers. A negotiated resolution in this case was likely, say sources, but that would have been before Rhapsody became an $800 million box office behemoth.
Fox and a rep for Singer declined to comment.