Ben Whishaw is still attached to star in the pic with King and Tim Headington producing along with Tribeca Productions’ Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, as well as Queen Films. Sources say they were some back and forth not just with King and Fletcher but Whishaw who also wanted changes made to the script and that these changes were taking to long to fix and eventually led to King letting Fletcher go.
The film will follow Mercury’s life, including the formation of the his iconic band Queen, and conclude with the band headlining LiveAid in 1985.
This is the second major hiccup in the past year with Sacha Baron Cohen, who was originally tapped to play Mercury, falling out of the project over creative differences.
King is still looking for a summer start date and hopes to have a new director shortly but some sources the movie still may have to move its start date because of dates interfering with Whishaw shooting the next James Bond movie. The film is also looking for a distributor with Sony recently passing on the pic.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.