According to reports – Fox has brought forward the Queen biopic movie.
Fox moves up ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
27 March 2018 by Dave McNary
EXTRACT: Fox has shuffled its release schedule, moving forward the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” while pushing back its “X-Men” spin-offs “The New Mutants” and “Dark Phoenix.”
In an announcement late Monday night, the studio said it had set Nov. 2 as the new launch date for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which had been set for Dec. 25. Dexter Fletcher came on board to direct in December after Fox fired Bryan Singer from the project.
“Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek is in the lead role as Freddie Mercury, the frontman for Queen. New Regency and GK Films are the production companies. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “We Are the Champions.”
Freddie Mercury biopic gets earlier release date delaying X-Men movies
27 March 2018
Fox bosses have brought forward the release of their troubled Freddie Mercury biopic, which pushes back the next two X-Men movies.
The film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, charts the life of the late Queen frontman and has the blessing of the surviving members of the band, but has spent years in development hell before shooting finally got underway in September (17). The project again looked to be in jeopardy after the firing of director Bryan Singer, days before he was named in a sexual assault lawsuit.
British filmmaker Dexter Fletcher took over from Singer, and Fox executives are confident enough in Fletcher’s work to have brought its release date forward from Christmas Day to November.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s co-writer Anthony McCarten told WENN that Fletcher had rescued the movie, and tipped Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, who plays Freddie, as a potential awards contender.
“Dexter brought his professionalism and he’s a very gifted director and it’s a very hard situation to walk into for anyone when someone’s half-prepared the meal and you’ve got to finish it off,” he said. “It’s wrapped, it’s in the can and you heard it here first, it’s going to be extraordinary. The movie, the music, the central performance by Rami Malek. He’d better have a tuxedo, because the stuff I’ve seen is stand out.”
The Freddie biopic will now be released on 2 November, the date originally earmarked for comic book movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which stars Sophie Turner as the titular hero.