Reported by Rebecca Marie-Taylor.
The untitled biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has lost its director. Being made by GK Film’s at Sony, the film has separated from British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith) after rumoured creative differences regarding the direction of the future R-rated movie, starring Ben Whishaw (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Cloud Atlas) as Mercury.
Shooting is meant to start within the next 3-4 months; however keeping production on the current schedule will prove a challenge without all the pieces in place, as Whishaw has signed on to appear in the next James Bond film. This is the second major loss to the film’s production, as Whishaw only came on board after Sacha Baron Cohen left the picture.
The movie will include music by Queen, and will tell the coming-of-age story of the band, ending with them performing at Live Aid in 1985. The picture will not include Mercury’s death, from complications of AIDS in 1991.
The screenplay has been written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) and is being produced by Graham Kind of GK Films, Tim Headington, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
This new blow puts another damper on a project that has, for one reason or another, been postponed for quite some time. At least Whishaw remains attached as the film’s lead. Fingers crossed they can find a new director quickly so that this film can see the light of day.