There May or May Not Be Talks of a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Sequel
Somebody is telling a big ol’ fib.
The movie world was abuzz earlier this week when Rudi Dolezal, a music video director who worked with Queen on a number of clips during their career claimed to Page Six that a sequel to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family,” adding, “I’m sure [Queen manager Jim Beach] plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid.”
Not so fast, claims a publicist for Graham King, the producer who spent years trying to get the film made, who confirmed to SlashFilm that no follow-up movie is currently on the table. The publicist said the validity of the rumor about a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sequel is simply baseless.
Who do we believe? Not sure. We broke our crystal ball last night after one too many scotches.
On the one hand, while Rudi Dolezal is sort of connected to the band, he’s neither part of Queen’s inner circle nor part of the film production. On the other hand, would it surprise anyone if both Queen and the people at Fox wanted to milk this teat dry?
Despite negative reviews the movie has been a box office phenomenon, grossing more than $875 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing music film and biopic ever made. Rhapsody was nominated for five Academy Awards earlier this year and won four, more than any other film.
And remember Sacha Baron Cohen? He was originally supposed to play Freddie Mercury before the band made it clear they wanted the PG-13 version of their story told and not the Rated-R version that would’ve actually resembled Freddie’s lifestyle.
So for those who might write off the idea of a sequel simply because Freddie, y’know, sort of died in the movie (even though the living members of Queen were too chickenshit to show any of it, of course), watch this clip below in which Sacha Baron Cohen explains that the band felt Freddie should die HALFWAY through the movie, with the remaining band mates carrying on.