The original Queen biopic from 2018 exceeded all expectations, along with box office records, as it amassed a real $910 million worldwide on a relatively modest budget of $50 million. But then, the love for the band and its iconic frontman Freddie Mercury should never have been underestimated. However, since the movie hit theaters, Queen have become even more popular, boosted also by the ongoing world tour headlined by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert. So the expectations and demands for a sequel are through the roof. May himself has given updates on the production on the follow-up, which is expected to pick up the story after Live Aid.
There’s been a running joke among fans that Ben Hardy, who played drummer Taylor in the 2018 blockbuster, rarely appears with the others wearing a cardboard cutout in group photos. So this meeting was big news as he met up with Gwilym Lee, Rami Malek and Joe Mazzello in New York. Within a few hours, May shared the happy news and the fandom naturally went wild.
The image was originally posted to Lee’s Instagram account, and unsurprisingly, the top comment from fans reads, “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY II or get out.”
May said: “It’s going to take a lot of careful thinking and a lot of magical inspiration, which is what happened [with Bohemian Rhapsody]. You know, it took us 12 years to put that movie together. So maybe it’s going to take just as long for this.”
Considering how long it has taken George RR Martin to take down the next few Game of Thrones fans, we can only hope that May isn’t serious.
He added: “It’s exciting, I have to say. The idea of going through all of that again is very appealing; working with that wonderful team again. The four guys that played us and the team that produced it and ran it and everything.” It was all amazing.”
However, he clarified: “At the moment we are only looking at ideas, that is all.”
When we asked Brian, “What else could it be called but The Show Must Go On?” The Queen’s legend replied, “Ahhh… it’s a distinct possibility, isn’t it? I can’t say it’s a bad idea…”
The song was the last track on Queen’s 1991 album Innuendo, their last record to be released while Freddie was alive.
Brian said of Bohemian Rhapsody 2: “We’re still looking at it and looking at ideas, but we haven’t made any real progress, it would be fair to say… We definitely haven’t given up on the idea.”
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