Sequels are almost a given for major blockbusters, especially Oscar-winning blockbusters. Bohemian Rhapsody is one such movie, having raked £666.5 million ($879m) worldwide and garnered its star a Best Actor award at this year’s Oscars. But a lot of stars need to align to bring a movie from a twinkle in a director’s eye to the silver screen.
Will there be a Bohemian Rhapsody 2?
Speaking to Page Six, Queen music video director Rudi Dolezal fanned the fire of a sequel rumour.
Dolezal said of Jim Beach, Queen’s manager: “I’m sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid.”
He added a sequel is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family.”
Brian May, an integral part of that Queen family, said: “I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it.”
But May also added: “Who knows, there might be a sequel.”
As for what that sequel might entail, Telegraph reporter Ed Power had a few ideas.
He wrote: “After Live Aid, some of Mercury and company’s most dramatic moments were still to come. Much of their best work – It’s a Kind of Magic, Who Wants To Live Forever – lay ahead of them.
“And after that, there was Mercury’s doomed struggle with Aids, and his desperate attempt to conceal his illness from all but his most trusted friends”
He also referenced the potential for a prequel, with Mercury’s past simply alluded to in the biopic, rather than deeply explored.
Power wrote: “Bohemian Rhapsody, in other words, feels like the start of something rather than the last word on Mercury and his legacy and has plenty of follow-up potential.”
As the fourth Toy Story drops its latest trailer and Terminator 6 gets its official title, the idea of a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel seems more and more likely.
Bohemian Rhapsody starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.
Gwilym Lee starred as Brian May, with Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, the guitarist, drummer, and bassist respectively.
Lucy Boynton played Mary Austin, Mercury’s girlfriend, with Allen Leech as Paul Prenter, Mercury’s personal manager and lover.
The Freddie Mercury biopic took almost a decade to make.
Controversy has dogged the movie through its production, even after its Oscar wins.
But with Byran Singer fully in the rearview mirror, there may be clearer hope for a sequel.
As Forbes’ Scott Mendelson wrote: “Maybe this time they can let Dexter Fletcher direct the whole thing and get official credit for his troubles.”