“The Queen” helmer Stephen Frears is the early frontrunner to direct a currently untitled biopic about a different kind of queen – the late, great Freddie Mercury reports Variety.
GK Films, Tribeca Prods. and Queen Films are producing the project which Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks play the Queen frontman and musical genius famed for his flamboyant stage persona, powerful vocals, and songwriting which included such worldwide hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love” and “We Are the Champions”.
The film’s story will focus on Queen’s formative years up to the band’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson (“Ali,” “Nixon”) penned the latest draft of the script.
Several other filmmakers remain in contention as negotiations haven’t yet begun, but Frears is the favourite right now.
The producers have also scored a music-rights package including some of Queen’s biggest hits – the first time the surviving members of the band have licensed songs and music publishing rights for a movie about the band.