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post #1 of 40
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This movie is finally going to happen. All the details are here.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/07/freddie-mercury-biopic-starring-rami-malek-and-directed-by-bryan-singer-is-officially-a-go/

 

  Personally I think Jordan Garavis should be playing Freddie. He looks like him, can do a convincing British accent and he is great on Orphan Black.

post #2 of 40

No Sacha Baron Cohen, no ticket sale.

post #3 of 40

I would rather have seen Sascha's take on this as he was wanting to do a 'warts and all' story, and his fearlessness would have been amazing to see onscreen.  

 

Still, casting Rami Malek is an interesting choice.  I can see him pulling off the look right, and he's got decent acting chops.

 

My one concern is Bryan Singer.  Ick.

post #4 of 40
Ha, that's funny.

Just saw Queen w/ Adam Lambert last Friday. Was a damn good show!
post #5 of 40

If I remember correctly, Cohen butted heads with the surviving Queen members over tone. He wanted a highly-sexualized, warts and all take on Mercury and they didn't needless to say (and I believe they have to sign off on everything)?

 

So while I am a big Singer fan and happy he's back to non-genre stuff, I hate to think this will be a tame-ass take on the material. 

post #6 of 40

Wasn't it more that Cohen thought Mercury was the movie (which, let's be honest, he is) whilst Queen thought Mercury should die half-way through the movie and the remaining running time be devoted to their lives afterward?

post #7 of 40
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Wasn't it more that Cohen thought Mercury was the movie (which, let's be honest, he is) whilst Queen thought Mercury should die half-way through the movie and the remaining running time be devoted to their lives afterward?

 

I believe this was also a point of contention.  Cohen wanted to do more of a Mercury bipoic than a Queen biopic.  Plus the bigger point of PG rating.

post #8 of 40
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Ha, that's funny.

Just saw Queen w/ Adam Lambert last Friday. Was a damn good show!

Same. Fantastic conceet.
post #9 of 40
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I believe this was also a point of contention.  Cohen wanted to do more of a Mercury bipoic than a Queen biopic.  Plus the bigger point of PG rating.

 

Having visions of Can't Stop the Music all over again!?

post #10 of 40
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

Wasn't it more that Cohen thought Mercury was the movie (which, let's be honest, he is) whilst Queen thought Mercury should die half-way through the movie and the remaining running time be devoted to their lives afterward?

 

Yup...

 

post #11 of 40
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 While I had a blast when I saw Queen with Paul Rodgers and I would love to see them with Adam Lambert, a movie that focuses on Queen post Freddie would be boring. The midgets with trays of coke on their heads that Cohn was referring to was part of the release party for Jazz. That scene has to be in the movie!


Edited by Chaz - 7/20/17 at 7:55pm
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post #13 of 40

First look at Rami Malek as Freddie:

 

Pretty damned uncanny.  That's obviously from the Live Aid performance.

post #14 of 40

That's a better likeness than I was expecting. 

post #15 of 40

I'll need to see it in motion.

post #16 of 40
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First look at Rami Malek as Freddie:



Pretty damned uncanny.  That's obviously from the Live Aid performance.

Looks great. Odd that it seems to be night if it's the Live Aid performance though. Artistic license perhaps? Just a funny camera angle? Witchcraft?
post #17 of 40
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He looks a lot more like Freddie than I thought he would.

post #18 of 40
From that angle, yes. I need to see more and hear the voice before I'm sold. It doesn't help that Singer is directing this, even though I think Singer is a perfectly adequate director. Perfectly adequate is not really what I want from a filmmaker who is telling this story. I'm also a bit concerned about the implication that Mercury's death is being downplayed.

His death was not his life, but I think it's incredibly important to talk about. Not just in the way he handled it, but in the context (the time in our culture) that it happened. Mercury was unapologetically gay and that's important. He fought through that goddamn disease and was a no bullshit performer to the last. That's important. He's not just some cheeky icon who can be summarized in a meme. The totality of his life should be captured as honestly and with as little bullshit as he went about his life with.
post #19 of 40

Sasha Baron Cohen with a director like Danny Boyle would have been perfect. I'm much less enthusiastic about Singer directing.

post #20 of 40
I'd be slightly less concerned if I didn't think the hiring of a journeyman like Singer was a sign of what the surviving members of the band want and don't want. Cohen relaying the story about how his time on the project went is a pretty clear sign that Brian May and co. have an especially unappealing and anodyne way in which they want this to play out.

If I were doing this, I'd absolutely insist that Mercury be shown having and enjoying gay sex. That isn't for the sake of being prurient or "shocking". For a lot of people, even so called fans, someone like Mercury is only conceptually gay, like "stage gay". I would want to say, no, fuck you, this is a gay man who enjoyed sex and cared for his partner as much as any straight person. I would feel a responsibility to show that. I don't think we're going to get that.
post #21 of 40

Brian May is a talented and intelligent guy, but his insistence on fitting the story of Freddie Mercury into a conventional biopic structure is really a betrayal of who Freddie was as a performer and as an individual. Say what you will about Cohen or how appropriate his casting was, he got the importance of telling the story boldly and honestly.

post #22 of 40

Check this out, I love David Bowie, he is the single most influential person in my life who isn't related to me. I have two tattoos devoted to him, but even I, in my worship of Bowie, have to give it to Mercury in this interview he did (probably one of many), where he offered no quarter in describing how their not ideal collaboration on Under Pressure went and was clearly annoyed by the interviewer bringing Bowie up as if he was as much of a figure of admiration for Mercury as he was for his fans. Mercury had no kind of time for that shit and did not mince words.

 

I respect Mercury for that. I respect, in the interviews that I've seen of him, that he was not interested in playing up to the camera and sugar-coating shit for the press. Dude was a workhorse and often laid out how his job worked without sentimentality. 

post #23 of 40

Is that interview online? I'd be interested to read / watch it.  

post #24 of 40

For some reason I cannot find the complete video of this, even though the first part of it is posted all over the place, but I was referencing the interview where he's in a red and white striped shirt. This particular video is a cut together version from different interviews.

They were still okay with each other as people b/c apart from being in the studio with him, Bowie was a famously pleasant person to be around, but other collaborators in the past have noted how unyielding he could be when you worked with him.
post #25 of 40
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 Three things I want to see in this movie.

 

 Freddie calling Sid Vicious Stanley Ferocious.

 

 The recording of Show Must Go On. Before recording his vocals May asked Freddie is he was up for it; he responded by doing a shot of vodka and saying, "I'll fucking do it  darling." He nailed it in one take.

 

  If this movie is going to be warts and all, then Queen playing Sun City in South Africa has to be in the movie. I believe that May tried to rationalize by saying that if they didn't play countries where they disagreed with its policies they wouldn't play anywhere. The difference is South Africa treated a majority of its population as second class citizens. 

post #26 of 40
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It would be cool if the end credits played over this video.

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post #28 of 40

PTSD from directing a movie????

post #29 of 40
I have a feeling I know what really was going down. Curious to see if I'm right once people start talking about this more candidly and if Singer makes it into the news for *ahem* other reasons.

And I second that WTF to the PTSD thing. Gimme a fucking break you pampered asshole..
post #30 of 40
There are rumors that a big publication is about to publish allegations of sexual misconduct against Singer...
post #31 of 40
If you had to deal with May and a Queen biopic that sees Mercury die halfway through the film, you'd get PTSD too.
post #32 of 40
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PTSD from directing a movie????


I understand how directing a major motion picture could be extremely insanely stressful, but maybe don't use language that compares your situation to, oh I dunno, soldiers in warfare???

post #33 of 40
Singer is done. He's known for pulling disappearing acts on sets during production, and he's always been protected.

The studio doesn't give a shit about him acting up on set. Under normal circumstances, he's considered too valuable as a director and producer to ever fire. But they know he's heading for a Harvey Weinstein sized downfall, and are using this as a pretext to cut ties (and possibly "save" their investment in the Mercury biopic. Though I find it tough to believe they can legally remove Singer as director of the final product, if there are only 2 weeks of principle photography left). The studio would never fire Singer with principle photography almost finished if they didn't know an expose of Singer's misconduct was coming soon. They won't cover for him this time

Singer's antics have been an open secret. I suspect this may speed up the Fox film division sale to Disney, as Singer's vision of the X-Men franchise held sway for nearly 2 decades.
Edited by Holistic - 12/4/17 at 6:13pm
post #34 of 40
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PTSD from directing a movie????

It sounds silly to outsiders, but its an insanely stressful job. Very little sleep for years on end, being responsible for tens to hundreds of millions of dollars of someone else's money, hundreds of people asking you questions all day every day, of which you better know the answer to, egos of big stars, producers, and thats really not even getting into the physical requirements. I think Zemeckis or Spielberg said in the car on the way to set, all they wanna do is turn around and disappear.

Most people really have no idea what that job is actually like. Alot of directors swear they will never make another movie after finishing one. But they get bitten by the bug again.

Who knows what Singer's deal is, but you can totally get mentally obliterated doing that job.
post #35 of 40
Read about this over on Deadline, where his statement doesn't say anything about PTSD. So I read the Hollywood Reporter one to see where that was coming from...unknown someone said he said. That's the fucking thing that's being latched onto?
post #36 of 40
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Singer is done. 

 

Another one bites the dust.

post #37 of 40
Thread Starter 

 If they have to bring in someone to finish the film, my choice is Cameron Crowe. However as someone who wrote for Rolling Stone in the 70's there is a chance he can't stand Queen. Critics used to hate them.

post #38 of 40

It'll never happen, but they should let Edgar Wright re-shoot the whole damn thing.

post #39 of 40

I would only want Wright's energy if he was allowed to do the sexually-charged, warts-and-all take.

post #40 of 40
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Wright would be my choice if a movie adaptation of the jukebox musical We Will Rock You was going to be made. Here is a taste.

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