The Freddie Mercury biopic was a box office smash, but could there be a sequel? Bohemian Rhapsody follows the late Queen singer’s early life up until Live Aid in 1985. At this point in the film, Freddie had told his fellow bandmates he was HIV positive. However, the film ended before his decline and ultimate death from AIDS in November 1991.
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Now, in an interview with Classic Rock, Queen guitarist Brian May was asked if there was ever a temptation to go beyond Live Aid in 1985.
The 71-year-old replied: “No. I think there’s a natural culmination there.
“And that has pretty much always been the case, from the earliest scripts.
“We felt that was the pinnacle – despite what some people have said in the press, who know f***-all about it.”
May continued: “Somebody, who shall be nameless, said: “Oh, they’re going to portray Freddie dying in the middle of the movie, and then the rest of it is gonna be about life without Freddie.
“Well, complete bulls***. This is all about Freddie, and I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it.”
Then he dropped the bombshell: “Who knows, there might be a sequel [laughs].”
With the box office success of Bohemian Rhapsody, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was a sequel set between 1985-1991 in Freddie’s declining years.
He said: “Joy and horror and sadness and all those big emotions. I’ve seen it hundreds of times now, in fragments and eventually coming together, and it still gets me, I must say.”
“It’s very emotional. It’s all about Freddie. Yes, we are in there, but the story is about Freddie and that was always the aim.
“Obviously Freddie is so precious to us. One of the great breakthroughs early on was [screenwriter] Peter Morgan saying: ‘This is a film about family.’
“It’s about all the stuff that happens in a family – some good, some bad, the going away, the searching for independence and then the nurture of the family.”