Roger Taylor says a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' sequel would be 'dangerous territory'

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
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Bohemian Rhapsody (Credit: Fox)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Credit: Fox)

Though the Oscar-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody culminated with much of Freddie Mercury's story still to tell, it sounds like a sequel won't be happening.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Queen drummer Roger Taylor – played by former EastEnder Ben Hardy in the movie – has said that the chances are slim.

“I have to say no,” he said. I really do think that we need to sit back for a year or two and look at things and see if that is a believable or credible thing to do.

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“The movie was a great hit. We were delighted, obviously. But I think I wouldn’t want to be seen as cashing in again. I’d have to have a very, very good script and scenario to make that work. Right now, I can’t think of a way of doing a sequel.”

He went on: “If somebody comes up with a genius plan, maybe we’ll think about it. [Laughs] Right now, we’re just very happy with what the movie did. There are so many sequels that don’t match up to the original one. There are obvious ones that did, but on the whole, I think it’s a dangerous territory.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06:  Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' winner Rami Malek (C) with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen pose in the press room during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Rami Malek with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen pose in the press room during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Despite middling (to poor) reviews, the movie was a box office triumph, making more than $900 million worldwide.

It also won Rami Malek the Oscar for Best Actor, along with other Academy Awards for sound and editing.

But it wasn't without its controversy.

Director Bryan Singer was dismissed from the set, due to alleged 'no-shows', though Singer later claimed he was dealing with 'a personal family health matter'.

However, others claimed he had frequently clashed with cast and crew, and he was fired with two weeks of filming left.

British director Dexter Fletcher took over, and finished the movie, taking an executive producer credit while Singer remained the movie's sole credited director, per DGA rules.

Taylor's comments echo similar remarks from Queen guitarist Brian May.

He said in May this year, also to Rolling Stone: “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.”