‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sequel in Discussions After Queen Biopic’s Success
Is a sequel to the hit Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in the works?
According to Rudi Dolezal, a director who worked on multiple Queen music videos in the past, the band and filmmakers are currently in discussions for a follow-up movie.
In fact, Dolezal — who helmed clips for around 30 Queen tunes and reportedly became close with lead singer Freddie Mercury before his death due to complications from AIDS — recently surmised that longtime band manager Jim Beach already has an idea up his sleeve for a new film that picks up where Bohemian Rhapsody left off.
"I'm sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid," Dolezal told Page Six before adding that the idea of a follow-up film to Bohemian Rhapsody is apparently "being heavily discussed in the Queen family."
From a business standpoint, a sequel makes sense: The Queen flick made an estimated $875 million at the box office, per the latest stats from Box Office Mojo. That's against its reported filming budget of around $50 million.
Of course, the period remaining to be dramatized on screen — from Live Aid's mid-'80s conclusion to Mercury's 1991 death — spans the time of Queen's later work including albums such as A Kind of Magic, The Miracle and Innuendo.
Last year, Queen guitarist Brian May told Classic Rock that Live Aid was likely the best point to end Bohemian Rhapsody. Still, he didn't count out the idea of a sequel to the film that recently took home a whopping four Oscars.
"I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it." he said at the time. "Who knows, there might be a sequel."
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