Bohemian Rhapsody was the most successful biopics ever. The 2018 film earned four Academy Awards. Including Best Actor for Rami Malek‘s portrayal as Freddie Mercury. The film itself also picked up three awards. Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It grossed over $910 million at the box office.
With this much success, it only makes sense to consider a sequel.
And that’s exactly what Brian May has been hinting at. American Songwriter reported that Queen‘s lead guitarist would love to make a follow-up to the original film. Partly because of the success of it. And partly because he loved working with the cast.
“We’ve been talking about it. I felt proud of it, and the people who played us were just phenomenal. It’s so tempting to do the sequel. It would be worth it just to work with those boys again.”
May says there’s a lot more story to tell than what Bohemian Rhapsody showed.
The movie ends with the band’s 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium. But that wasn’t the last of Queen‘s time together, according to May.
“‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ climaxed in Live Aid, and I suppose, implicitly, Freddie starting to deal with his AIDS. But an awful lot happened between the end of the film to the end of the glory days of Queen” May said (AmericanSongwriter).
The last performance in Bohemian Rhapsody was during that 1985 Live Aid show. But it wasn’t Queen’s last performance with Freddie Mercury.
Mercury‘s final performance was the following year. In the summer of 1986 when Queen played at Knebworth Park. Then there was five more years of Mercury struggling with AIDS. And ultimately his death in 1991. So, yeah. There’s more story to tell.
May said he would love to bring the original cast back to do the sequel. Now it’s just matter of getting the rocker chicks…or ducks…in a row.
– Wendy Rush
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