This text was written 7 months ago! I delayed it repeatedly in favor of other articles/stories. As a Top Queen-o-logist, I thought about a sequel long before anyone else – except of course for the makers of the 1st movie. I already suspected their intentions and lo and behold: they confirmed that it is already in the works:
A Bohemian Rhapsody sequel
This thought crossed my mind long before the Bohemian Rhapsody came out. I thought that a sequel was possible since I learned that the Bohemian Rhapsody movie would end with ‘Live Aid’. Already, of course, the tv-movie ‘Who wants to live forever’ (read HERE) does exactly that: it describes Freddie’s days since he learned he was ill – but that ‘cult’ tv-movie was a much smaller enterprise than the four- Oscars-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, which has ended being the most successful music-bio in the history of cinema (so far).
Even with cold economic calculations: this cannot fail (moneywise – not talking ‘artistically’ here). The Bohemian Rhapsody movie has (and will) produce-d so many profits, so much recognition to the protagonist, so – in my opinion – there are already guarantees for the success of a sequel.
The script for a second Freddie Mercury movie, ‘post – Live Aid’, has even more grandeur and drama ingredients – it’s a challenge for the creators of Bohemian Rhapsody, (I have to add: a/I don’t like the movie, of course but.. b/even as such, I welcome the effect it had to the masses, bringing more interest to my/our musical hyper-hero Freddie Mercury).
The (1st) Bohemian Rhapsody movie coincides with Queen’s Greatest Hits 1. In Greatest Hits 2 (and 3), the songwriting credits of Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon are even bigger, their interest in songwriting credits for the 2nd soundtrack is bigger and bolder. That’s saying: there are realistic motives (profit), as well as ..ehm.. artistic.
Think about it: Rami Malek to ‘continue’ the role that gave him “..Fame and fortune and everything…” into the ‘Dark Days’ of the Mercury saga. But, let me make it even easier for you: let me tell you how Freddie Mercury has handled his difficult situation.
Freddie Mercury after Live Aid
Well, when he learned that he was sick of AIDS, almost two years after Live Aid, (that’s also the big inaccuracy that is charged in the Bohemian Rhapsody movie: that he was supposed to have learned it before Live Aid, a lie and a major mistake), Freddie has cleaned his game.
The ‘hard-partying days’ had already ended and had found a ‘permanent’ companion before even learning the bad news, (though clearly, something would be suspected). These were not ‘dark’ days yet. And that’s purely because of the great mental power he showed himself. Indeed, the real dark days were (only) the last months of Freddie’s life.
Thus, in fact: there was a really enjoyable, AIDS-less, creative and triumphant period from Live Aid up until the Magic Tour – the tour to support the ‘A Kind of Magic’ album, which is also the Soundtrack of the original ‘Highlander’ movie!
This element alone gives the extraordinary opportunity for cinematic references – indeed: it is also a fine platform for rebooting the whole ‘Highlander’ franchise, (movies and series)!
Even only these elements mentioned above suffice for a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel! And indeed: a movie that has a Freddie still alive at the end of it! (Oh, I should be a producer, not these idiots!) Which means there could even be a..?
To be continued: Part 2 of the article soon
Front page photo ia a painting from Nasos Kavathas.