The film finally started to move forward when Hollywood director Bryan Singer (X-Men) and Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) came on board. Shortly afterwards, producers finally found their permanent leading man in the shape of Rami Malek. But just when things appeared to be taking shape, another major behind the scenes reshuffle upset proceedings.
That’s because in late 2017 the shooting of the film had to be suspended when Singer went AWOL. Although the director initially claimed a private family matter had been to blame, reports later surfaced that there had been considerable friction between him and Malek. In the end, Singer was given his marching orders and original director Fletcher returned to the fold.
Thankfully, though, all the behind the scenes drama proved to be worth it. Indeed, following its world premiere at London’s SSE Arena in October 2018, the film went on to become nothing short of a box office phenomenon. By March 2019, its worldwide total stood at a colossal $876 million, overtaking the previous biggest-grossing music biopic, Straight Outta Compton ($202 million), with ease.