Will There Be a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sequel?

Following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and the star Rami Malek’s Oscar winning performance of Freddie Mercury, the rumors of a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel didn’t seem that far fetched. Will they make a Bohemian Rhapsody 2?

Will there be a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel with Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury?
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Bohemian Rhapsody‘s story could continue

Mercury and Queen’s story has always been fascinating and the filmmakers did an exceptional job bringing it to the screen last year in Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie ended on a high note with an epic recreation of Queen’s showstopping Live Aid performance in 1985.

Is there more story to tell though? By the movie’s end, Mercury had shared with his bandmates that he had AIDS, they reunited to perform again, and the frontman had reconnected with Jim Hutton, the man he would live the rest of his days with. Mercury also mended his relationship with his family. What more could a sequel cover?

Some would argue that the years following Live Aid as well as the band’s continuation after Mercury’s passing could fill a second movie. Bohemian Rhapsody ended with this statement: “Freddie Mercury died of AIDS-related pneumonia on the 24th November 1991. He was 45 years old.”

Additionally, Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for Best Picture, won four Oscars, and was the highest-grossing music biopic ever, earning $850 million, so a sequel could be a successful endeavor.

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Rumors of a Bohemian Rhapsody 2 make the rounds

According to a Page Six exclusive, Rudi Dolezal, a director of dozens of Queen’s music videos noted that the sequel was “being heavily discussed in the Queen family.”

Dolezal shared of Queen’s manager Jim Beach: “I’m sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid.” The music video director teamed up with Queen around the time of the Live Aid performance and went on to do 30 videos for the band and its members, including Mercury’s “These are the Days of Our Lives” in 1991. Mercury died that same year.

Dolezal’s comment about a sequel seemed to support Queen guitarist Brian May hinting at a followup, as he noted last year, “I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it. Who knows, there might be a sequel.”

Page Six further reports that Malek said he had not heard anything about a sequel, nor had Queen’s record label. There will be a special airing on ABC in April, however, titled The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story.

Bohemian Rhapsody sequel rumors are shut down

Before the idea of Bohemian Rhapsody 2 got too much hype, a publicist for producer Graham King said there is no truth to the Bohemian Rhapsody sequel rumors, according to Slash Film.

There is more of Freddie Mercury’s story to be told

In the absence of a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel, there is still more of Mercury’s story to be told, as Dolezal revealed that he’s writing a book called My Friend, Freddie and plans to release interviews he had with Mercury in a film Freddie Mercury: In His Own Words.