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Don't Stop Me Now: Could a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' sequel be in the works?

The 'Queen family' is discussing a follow-up to the biopic, according to a music video director

Rami Malek took home the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Courtesy Alex Bailey
Rami Malek took home the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Courtesy Alex Bailey

It took home a slew of trophies this awards season, including a Best Actor Academy Award and Best Drama Film Golden Globe, and it looks like some are hoping Bohemian Rhapsody's magic continues.

The 2018 biopic, which saw American-Egyptian actor Rami Malek portray Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, could spawn a sequel, according to a director behind some of the British band's most well-known videos.

Rudi Dolezal, who crafted Queen's music video for These Are the Days of Our Lives in 1991, claims the remaining members of the band are discussing a follow-up to the Oscar-approved Bohemian Rhapsody.

“I’m sure [Queen's manager Jim Beach] plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid,” he told Page Six, adding that a secondary film is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family".

Bohemian Rhapsody charted the band's early beginnings in 1970, up until Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid, the benefit concert held at London's Wembley Stadium in 1985.

What could a sequel cover?

While the film took in plenty of the four-piece's seminal moments, such as the recording of famed album A Night at the Opera and Mercury's experimentation as a soloist, it does not cover the Zanzibar-born star's death from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991, as well as Queen's subsequent work following Mercury's passing.

Queen in 1977. Left to right, John Deacon, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Talyor.
Queen band members John Deacon, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1977

Band members Brian May and Roger Taylor still tour, with American Idol alumni Adam Lambert providing vocals.

May himself also hinted at a cinematic follow-up of Bohemian Rhapsody, telling Louder Sound in December: “I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it. Who knows, there might be a sequel.”

Following Mercury's death, Queen have gone on to release some new material, and worked with writer Ben Elton to craft stage musical We Will Rock You.

Would Malek be on board?

A source close to the 37-year-old told Page Six that the actor "hadn’t heard of any talk about a new film". However, given the critical acclaim his performance scored – and the fact Malek has consistently told interviewers how honoured he was to take on the role – it shouldn't be ruled out.

Although with an Oscar under his belt, it's likely his work calendar will soon be full to the brim. Watch this space.

Updated: March 12, 2019 04:21 PM

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