The director of Queen videos says the band and its management are lining up behind a sequel to the smash hit Freddie Mercury film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Source: New York Post Page Six – Rudi Dolezal (who directed videos for the band, and became close with Mercury during his life) told Page Six in an interview about Queen’s legendary manager Jim Beach, “I’m sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid.” Dolezal added that the follow-up film is now “being heavily discussed in the Queen family.”
Beach also produced “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which has made more than $870 million worldwide. The rock biopic won four Oscars last month and was nominated for best picture.
The movie ends with Mercury and the band’s iconic Live Aid performance, which is around the time that Dolezal began working with Queen — beginning with their 1985 song “One Vision.” He ended up doing around 30 videos for the band and its members, ending with Mercury’s final video shoot for “These Are the Days of Our Lives” in 1991, the same year the singer died.
Queen guitar god Brian May has hinted about a sequel to the film, and that there’s more of Mercury’s tale to tell. He quipped in a December interview of the project, “I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it. Who knows, there might be a sequel.”
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This clip is stolen from @bryanjaysinger, who was evidently filming it on his iPhone. When the BR team were shooting this scene, I happened to be around, so Gwil invited me to have a go ! How did I do, folks ? Well, obviously not quite as good as Gwil ! He’s a trained artist ! 😊 We had too much fun ! I’d like to see the rest of what happened, captured by the film cameras which were still rolling … some day. In case you’re wondering why this solo doesn’t sound like the ‘out-take’ solo in the film, I only had the idea to make that happen later, when we were polishing the soundtrack. In any case, we wouldn’t have had the facilities to do that on the day of the shoot. In the film, you hear a variant take on the Bo Rhap solo which just MIGHT have been the one previous to the final one which made it onto the record! Might ! That’s if it hadn’t been a genius first-take keeper. Ha ha ! I honestly don’t remember ! A million thanks to @mrgwilymlee Bri
But while the film’s awards have added buzz that there will a sequel, a pal of star Rami Malek’s told us they hadn’t heard of any talk about a new film. A rep for Queen’s record label told us they have not heard about any sequel, but that “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” will air on ABC in April.
It took over 20 years for “Bohemian Rhapsody” to get made. The Mercury role was once going to be played by Sacha Baron Cohen. The project was championed by eventual executive producers Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is still wowing audiences – most recently thanks to the biopic about his life, Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek as the talented singer.
One person who is benefiting greatly from the success of the film is his ex-fiancée, Mary Austin, who people knew very little about before she was portrayed on the big screen by Lucy Boynton.
Not only does she currently live in Mercury’s £20 million ($25.7m) West London mansion, but she’s set to earn £40m ($51.4m) in royalties from the flick, which totalled a whopping £600m ($770m) in the box office and recently went on to bag a Golden Globe award. (SOURCE LADBIBLE:COM)
Prior to this, Austin kept out of the public eye – but to say that she played a major part in the singer’s life would be an understatement. According to Biography, the pair met in the 70s when she was a 19-year-old art student before Mercury became famous.