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Freddie Mercury biopic moving forward; Sacha Baron Cohen still playing the famed rocker

10.16.2012

The long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic has picked up some steam recently, with Queen guitarist Brian May posting an update on his website, saying that the film is, indeed, moving forward.  May discussed a meeting with fellow bandmates where they hashed out details about the film with some solid results.

“Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I'm happy to tell you, is on course,” he wrote, adding that the meeting mostly involved  contractual concerns.  “The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule -- filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014.”

There's still no official title or creative team announced (other than Baron Cohen), but there have been some contenders to helm the pic, including Stephen Frears (HIGH FIDELITY, THE GRIFTERS), who may well be the best man for the job.  Baron Cohen is perfectly suited for Mercury, the enigmatic and eccentric rocker who served as the front for Queen, bellowing out such hits as "We Are The Champions, Fat Bottom Girls, and Another One Bites The Dust."  Baron Cohen is every bit as energetic and engaging as Mercury was onstage and I have no doubt he can pull off the more dramatic aspects as well. 

It's definitely shaping up to be a compelling biopic about one of the most influential rockers of the last centruy.  I think getting a solid director will be the key that finally unlocks its potential.  More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think should direct this one?
Source: LA Times

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7:18PM on 10/16/2012

I understand the band needs to make a living without Freddy...

..but I think a film is a mistake. I agree with Filmzealot. Culling the archives for film and photos and some cool interviews with people who were there would be the way I would go. I wont watch a Freddy movie. There is only one Freddy. I think all of these films have been fine, The Doors, Walk the Line, good movies but they seem to turn their subjects into caricatures of who they really were. I'll take the real deal. Warts and all.
..but I think a film is a mistake. I agree with Filmzealot. Culling the archives for film and photos and some cool interviews with people who were there would be the way I would go. I wont watch a Freddy movie. There is only one Freddy. I think all of these films have been fine, The Doors, Walk the Line, good movies but they seem to turn their subjects into caricatures of who they really were. I'll take the real deal. Warts and all.
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6:21PM on 10/16/2012

Horrid

It's interesting that the news is posted by Brian May and the rest of the bandmates who have tried their best to stay alive after the death of Freddie. But, to be honest, I'd rather they spent their time compiling footage, interviews for a great documentary and not try to do a musical biopic who, while able to create personalities, has never shown depth of emotion and/or near the vocal range to capture Mercury's one of a kind voice.
It's interesting that the news is posted by Brian May and the rest of the bandmates who have tried their best to stay alive after the death of Freddie. But, to be honest, I'd rather they spent their time compiling footage, interviews for a great documentary and not try to do a musical biopic who, while able to create personalities, has never shown depth of emotion and/or near the vocal range to capture Mercury's one of a kind voice.
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5:20PM on 10/16/2012
I think Frears ought to be the man to do it. Maybe there's a better director out there, but he's British, experienced, and he understands how to incorporate music fluidly into his movies. No doubt there are other good choices, including some I probably don't even know about.
I think Frears ought to be the man to do it. Maybe there's a better director out there, but he's British, experienced, and he understands how to incorporate music fluidly into his movies. No doubt there are other good choices, including some I probably don't even know about.
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3:34PM on 10/16/2012
is this comedy or biopic drama or comedy drama?anyway,love SBC's character comedies.waiting for his spy-oof film and would like to see him as a male heterosexual Adult film star in a mockumentary film
is this comedy or biopic drama or comedy drama?anyway,love SBC's character comedies.waiting for his spy-oof film and would like to see him as a male heterosexual Adult film star in a mockumentary film
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3:15PM on 10/16/2012
I dont know who should direct it, Ron Howards the only one i can think of off the top of my head that could do it, be even him i'm a little weary about for this project.

Whoever directs, this movie should be titles "Mr. Fahrenheit"
I dont know who should direct it, Ron Howards the only one i can think of off the top of my head that could do it, be even him i'm a little weary about for this project.

Whoever directs, this movie should be titles "Mr. Fahrenheit"
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