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Director Dexter Fletcher exits Queen biopic due to creative differences

03.14.2014

And another one bites the dust...due to "creative differences." It's the reason why Sacha Baron Cohen left the planned Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic last year, and now director Dexter Fletcher has exited it for the same reason, according to Deadline.

Cohen had dropped out of the project because he wanted to make an R-rated Queen movie, and the surviving members of the band wanted it to be more of a PG movie. Deadline says the film will be R, but sources say the director and Graham King (his GK Films is producing), "didn’t see eye to eye," on the plans for the biopic.

Ben Whishaw is still attached to play frontman Freddie Mercury, however he's going to be pretty busy soon filming BOND 24, and Deadline has heard rumblings Sony is nervous about the film. The studio has of course denied it, but it's been a battle to get this sucker to the big screen, and you have to wonder if it'll get to a point where they decide to just pull the plug on the movie.

We're going to have to wait and see what happens with this troubled project.

Extra Tidbit: With Dexter Fletcher out, who do you think should direct the Queen movie?
Source: Deadline

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7:01AM on 03/15/2014
Ill stick with the music.
Ill stick with the music.
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12:55PM on 03/14/2014
Ben Whishaw is a cutie and talented, too, but I just can't shake the feeling that this movie is going to be problematic. Seems like everyone has a different idea of what they want it to be.
Ben Whishaw is a cutie and talented, too, but I just can't shake the feeling that this movie is going to be problematic. Seems like everyone has a different idea of what they want it to be.
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11:42AM on 03/14/2014
There's something horribly wrong with this project if both your main actor and director have left. Put this project on the shelf and come back to it when you want to take it seriously.
There's something horribly wrong with this project if both your main actor and director have left. Put this project on the shelf and come back to it when you want to take it seriously.
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11:26AM on 03/14/2014

Tom Hardy

I'm just thinking out loud, but after watching a few second of this:
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I think Tom Hardy could've pulled off this role pretty easily.
I'm just thinking out loud, but after watching a few second of this:
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I think Tom Hardy could've pulled off this role pretty easily.
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11:47AM on 03/14/2014
He's playing Elton John though and he is absolutely going to own.
He's playing Elton John though and he is absolutely going to own.
11:01AM on 03/14/2014
They should just let go of this film....with all of the talent leaving the film just sounds terrible. And the pg rating isn't doing it any favors.
They should just let go of this film....with all of the talent leaving the film just sounds terrible. And the pg rating isn't doing it any favors.
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10:58AM on 03/14/2014
They can't be afraid to depict Freddie warts and all, to honestly portray the excesses of his existence and not give us a neutered, "estate approved" take - which is where this seems to be headed.
They can't be afraid to depict Freddie warts and all, to honestly portray the excesses of his existence and not give us a neutered, "estate approved" take - which is where this seems to be headed.
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10:57AM on 03/14/2014
This film died when sacha baron Cohen left! I don't want to see anyone else play Freddie Mercury but him! The members of Queen need to open they're fucking eyes and look at all these other amazing bio pics made about famous musicians/bands! So they want to see a fluffy sugar coated piece of shit! They need to put this film on the back burner until these idiots wake up and let the original idea for the film take it's corse! Or we wait till they are dead and gone! IMO I'd shelf this project
This film died when sacha baron Cohen left! I don't want to see anyone else play Freddie Mercury but him! The members of Queen need to open they're fucking eyes and look at all these other amazing bio pics made about famous musicians/bands! So they want to see a fluffy sugar coated piece of shit! They need to put this film on the back burner until these idiots wake up and let the original idea for the film take it's corse! Or we wait till they are dead and gone! IMO I'd shelf this project instead of making this film.
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10:46AM on 03/14/2014
They want the Queen biopic to be a PG film? Yeh....okay...lets also replace sex, drugs and rock n' roll with country music too...while we're at it.
They want the Queen biopic to be a PG film? Yeh....okay...lets also replace sex, drugs and rock n' roll with country music too...while we're at it.
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10:30AM on 03/14/2014
Queen is one of my favorite bands of all time and I admire and respect Freddie Mercury immensely, which is why I am genuinely anxious, and not in a good way, about this biopic. I just know they are going to fuck it up.
Queen is one of my favorite bands of all time and I admire and respect Freddie Mercury immensely, which is why I am genuinely anxious, and not in a good way, about this biopic. I just know they are going to fuck it up.
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10:37AM on 03/14/2014
The fact brian may is involved means it will blow chunks.
The fact brian may is involved means it will blow chunks.
12:17PM on 03/14/2014
I couldn't agree more. The same guy who brought Adam Lambert on board...just unbelievable.
I couldn't agree more. The same guy who brought Adam Lambert on board...just unbelievable.
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