The road to making a film about Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury has been a long and difficult one for producer Graham King (Argo). Actors and directors have come and gone, but now things are finally on an upswing, with news arriving via Deadline that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is aboard to play Mercury and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) is in talks to direct.
20th Century Fox have taken over backing this one, which had previously been developed at Sony Pictures. The real sticking point has been the tone of the film, as music producers and Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor have clashed with former planned star Sacha Baron Cohen (The Brothers Grimsby) over how to portray Mercury. And he wasn't the only name linked with the film – at one point or another, directors Tom Hooper (The Kings Speech) and Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine On Leith) had both considered it before dropping out.
Singer is a more surprising name, given that he has spent the last few years in superhero and fantasy territory, and had been busy developing a new 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for 20th Century Fox. If he does jump aboard what is currently known as Bohemian Rhapsody, it would likely see him delaying 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, as the new movie should be shooting early next year.
King has been pulling this one through the development marshes for eight years now, and has a script from Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything). We will see if this one actually comes together at last...