Today’s a good day, Queen fans. Not only did Brian May’s solo album top Apple’s rock charts yesterday, but he also confirmed that “Bohemian Rhapsody” could be getting a sequel.
To celebrate the launch of his debut album, “Back to the Light,” the Queen guitarist took to Instagram Live yesterday. Daily Mail reports that while live-streaming, he mentioned that the band is “looking at ideas” for the sequel so that they can write a “great script.”
Back in 2018, “Bohemian Rhapsody” made waves as one of the greatest musical biopics to date. Rami Malek starred as the late Freddie Mercury, Queen’s singer and frontman. Malek scored an Academy Award for his incredible performance as Mercury, exploring the singer’s professional and personal life. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also won three other Academy Awards and received a “Best Picture” nomination.
But the film did incredibly well with audiences as well as critics. Queen fans old and new raved about its casting, storyline, music, and periodic costumes. It honored the British rock band at the height of its glory, while also diving into the seriousness of the AIDS epidemic at the time.
The film’s epic finale actually centered on Queen’s performance at Live Aid, a 1985 benefit concert that helped raise money and awareness about the disease. Queen’s music video director Rudi Dolezal hinted a few years ago that a sequel would pick up right after the iconic event.
“I’m sure he [Queen’s manager Jim Beach] plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid. The movie is being heavily discussed in the Queen family,” Dolezal told Page Six back in 2019.
What Do Queen’s Band Members Have to Say About the Sequel?
Original Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor had a lot of say in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and the sequel would be no different. May told fans that the film’s team is “looking at it” and “looking at ideas” for the sequel.
“It’s going to be hard to follow that one, as none of us could have predicted how massive that was going to be,” he said on his Instagram Live. “We put a lot of heart and soul into making it, and no one could have predicted [its success] as it was bigger than Gone With The Wind.”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” earned more than $900 million at the box office and became one of the top ten biggest movies of 2018. It would be difficult for a sequel to pass up or match that success.
“But, yes, we are thinking maybe it could happen, but it would have to be a great script,” May concluded. “It’s going to take a while to figure that out.”
Fellow Queen band member Roger Taylor agrees. Last year, the drummer sat down with Digital Spy to talk sequel logistics.
“I really do think that we need to sit back for a year or two and look at things and see if that is a believable or credible thing to do,” Taylor said. “The movie was a great hit. We were delighted, obviously. But I think I wouldn’t want to be seen as cashing in again. It’d have to have a very, very good script and scenario to make that work. Right now, I can’t think of a way of doing a sequel.”
Maybe May knows something Taylor didn’t at the time. Either way, crafting a good script doesn’t happen overnight. It’ll still be a while before we hear more about a sequel.