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We are being spared a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel—for now

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Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, despite being directed by an alleged pedophile and being as boilerplate as these kinds of films come, made more money than an actual monarch. And, while dollar signs do well to get the creative juices flowing, instant talk of sequels is typically relegated for fictional comedies and genre staples, not true stories that already made brazen changes to real-life tragedies. This is the era of IP, though, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise when reports emerged yesterday about a potential Bohemian Rhapsody sequel, one that we’re guessing would center around a young, plucky Adam Lambert.


Well, it turns out those reports, which came from Queen collaborator Rudi Dolezal, were a touch premature. /Film reached out to Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, who, through a publicist, killed the Queen rumors, sending the film’s fans scrambling on their bicycles for somebody new to love.

That doesn’t mean one couldn’t possibly happen. Let us not forget that Bohemian Rhapsody has, to date, made $875 million worldwide, and, before being adjusted for inflation, is the highest-grossing music film and biopic ever made. That’s Marvel money, and the suits are no doubt salivating over the prospect of exploiting the after-effects of the band’s climactic Live Aid performance. Just maybe hire a different director next time?

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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