Rudi Dolezal, the director who worked with Queen in the years following their Live Aid performance, claims the sequel is being heavily discussed.
Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of the late Freddie Mercury, was showered with awards, winning four Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild award (not to mention dozens and dozens more nominations).
This roaring success was sure to stir talks of a sequel, given the worldwide gross of just under $900m, on a $52m budget.
What has fans buzzing today is that Rudi Dolezal, who worked with the band for many years, directing videos for The Show Must Go On, and The Invisible Man, revealed in an interview that a sequel is being ‘heavily discussed’ amongst the Queen family.
“I’m sure [Jim Beach, Queen’s manager’] plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid”, he said.
Spoiler alert, (although you’ve had plenty of time to watch it by now) the film ends with the news that Mercury had tested HIV positive and their iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.
That would give a sequel movie six years of Freddie’s life to cover, but would likely take a more somber tone as it would no doubt deal with how Freddie and those around him came to terms with his diagnosis, and eventual death from AIDS-related complications.
The first film didn’t have an easy ride – despite its record-breaking success. In November it was revealed that Malaysia had cut 24 minutes from the film, and given it an 18 rating, because of its LGBTQ content.
Among the scenes cut were the group performing I Want to Break Free, because it featured them in drag, and a scene where Freddie Mercury tells his fiancée Mary Austin that he is bisexual.
Fans of Mercury were quick to accuse the film of ‘straight-washing’ Freddie’s queerness, due to fears that large parts of the true story would be omitted to please a straight fanbase.