With the increasing rise of biopics coming to the film industry, Bohemian Rhapsody was one that took the world by storm and was a hit in the box office and with the Academy. Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of the beloved Freddie Mercury as the film told the story of the rise and fall of the band during Mercury’s battle with HIV.
However, the film didn’t end with Mercury’s death – it ended with the band coming together again to support the Live Aid concert, which was a shot-by-shot remake of the actual concert. Brian May, guitarist for Queen and producer for the film has hinted that the team behind the scenes have talked about the possibility of a sequel but that it wouldn’t be coming any time soon.
Don’t think we didn’t think about it. We’ve talked. Basically we think not, at the moment. Things could change, I suppose, but I think it would be difficult. I don’t think that would be an uplifting thing to do. I’m not saying it’s impossible because there is a great story there, but we don’t feel that’s the story we want to tell at the moment.Brian May, Rolling Stone
The concern for a sequel comes with the different tone that it would take. While the ending of Bohemian Rhapsody was bittersweet from the audience’s point of view as we knew what was going to happen once the credits rolled, there was a sense of victory over what had been presumed to be a defeat. But the latter part of Mercury’s life would have to detail the illness and the toll that it took on him before he sadly lost his life. This would have a significant impact on the audience and may not leave them feeling the same way as the original.
But hope is not lost as there could be something on the way that is Queen-related without being a follow-up to Bohemian Rhapsody. This could be a film alike to Last Christmas or Yesterday which were films inspired by George Michael and The Beatles respectively without being biopics.
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