Bohemian Rhapsody, the award winning biopic starring Rami Malek as the world renowned musician Freddie Mercury and his story in the legendary band Queen, could soon be seeing a sequel, according to Page Six.
Rudi Dolezal, director of more than 20 Queen music videos and a personal friend of Freddie Mercury, revealed in an interview with the site that Jim Beach, Queen’s manager, “plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid”. He continues that a sequel is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family”. Beach acted as producer for the biopic, which ultimately grossed a staggering $870 million worldwide.
This is really no surprise considering the sheer amount of money the film made, and the variety of awards it won this season, some of which include Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 91st Academy Awards, and even Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 76th Golden Globe Awards. 20th Century Fox will absolutely do anything in their power to push for a sequel, regardless of whether it will actually be good or not.
While news of a sequel may seem bizarre at first considering where the biopic ends, during one of Mercury’s most significant performances, Brian May of Queen had previously implied a sequel may be on the way back in December: “I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it. Who knows, there might be a sequel.”
Whether you agree with a sequel or not, there are conversations taking place and therefore speculation on where it will go. There are many ways a sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody could work. The obvious would be a direct sequel that follows the build up to Freddie’s passing, however it’s hard to see the plot of this being a successful film.
Perhaps a sequel which takes a non-linear approach and shows us more of Mercury’s upbringing alongside the aftermath of Live Aid would be an interesting watch. The film could even be daring enough to continue without Rami Malek as Mercury, and simply tell the story of Queen after his departure. There’s a lot of possibilities, regardless of whether it’s actually a good idea or not.
Is this a case of a company milking a product for all it’s worth? Probably.
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