Brian May says that a sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody is not in the cards for Queen — while admitting there might be more in the group’s story left to mine. The Oscar-winning feature has grossed over $900 million globally, marking the film the most successful musical biopic in history.
While talking to Rolling Stone, co-founding guitarist Brian May admitted that a sequel had been bandied about once the movie proved to be such an iconic success: “Don’t think we didn’t think about it. We’ve talked. Basically we think not, at the moment. Things could change, I suppose, but I think it would be difficult. I don’t think that would be an uplifting thing to do. I’m not saying it’s impossible because there is a great story there, but we don’t feel that’s the story we want to tell at the moment.”
Seeing as how Bohemian Rhapsody dealt with Queen’s career and Freddie Mercury‘s life in admittedly broad strokes, May conceded that there definitely is much more to the band’s story than movie-goers saw: “There’s a million things in our career which you couldn’t show in a movie since the movie had to be so simplified to make it watchable. But we don’t really think there’s another movie there. That’s the long and the short of it. I think we should look somewhere else. There are other ideas that we had, but I don’t think a sequel will happen. But we have looked at it pretty seriously.”