Bohemian Rhapsody just crossed a major milestone at the box office, which has some people thinking about Bohemian Rhapsody 2. In a recent interview, Queen guitarist Brian May discussed the making of the movie along with some of his favorite scenes and the possibility of a sequel. However, that interview took place before the biopic became the highest grossing music film of all time, crossing the $600 million mark worldwide. Additionally, the movie has been huge for the band, putting albums and singles at the top of the charts again.
With all of that in mind, there could be a sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie ends in 1985 with Live Aid and Freddie Mercury lived for another six years before passing away at the age of 45 from AIDS complications. Brian May spoke about the temptation to go further in the movie, but ultimately, they decided against it. May had this to say about the movie going longer and the possibility of a sequel.
"No. I think there's a natural culmination there. And that has pretty much always been the case, from the earliest scripts. We felt that was the pinnacle - despite what some people have said in the press, who know f*ck-all about it. Somebody who shall be nameless said: Oh, they're going to portray Freddie dying in the middle of the movie, and then the rest of it is gonna be about life without Freddie. Well, complete bullsh*t. This is all about Freddie, and I think Live Aid is a good point to leave it. Who knows, there might be a sequel (laughs)."
Looking at what Brian May had to say, it doesn't look like he is taking the idea of a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel very seriously. But, the band did not come to an end in 1985. It was the opposite as the band felt reinvigorated after Live Aid and went on to release One Vision in 1985, which went on to become a hit single and featured writing credits from all four band members. Up next was the A Kind of Magic record, which was also huge.
After the recording and release of A Kind of Magic in 1986, the band embarked on what would become their final tour with Freddie Mercury. Over a million people saw the band on that tour, which nobody at the time knew would be their last with Mercury. Though they stopped touring, the band released The Miracle (released in the summer of 1989) and Innuendo (released at the beginning of 1991). It was during this time that Mercury began to look ill, which led to rumors in the press.
There are plenty of highs and lows during that period of the band's history, which could make for an interesting sequel, but it doesn't seem like it would be the best thing for the band to do. It could come off as exploitative of Freddie Mercury's death and could violate the privacy that the singer wished to have at the end of his life. With that being said, it doesn't seem likely that a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel is in the cards. If anything, hopefully this new-found interest in the band sparks a new career-spanning documentary about the band and its history, something that doesn't gloss over all of the facts. You can read the rest of the interview with Brian May over at Louder Sound.