I just learned something fantastic: there will be a film about Freddie Mercury and it’s in the hands of Queen. Here’s the quote of Brian May, that has a few details about it:
Queen Plans – Brian May
Thanks to www.brianmay.com
“Ah … I promised news of yesterday’s Queen band meeting. Well, it was just Roger and Jim Beach and myself … we are a small cottage industry !! Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I’m happy to tell you, is on course. Much of our discussion was about contractual things … it’s pretty complex …. and determining who is responsible for what. The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule – filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014. We did make some other plans, but they will have to stay under wraps for now. Being in Queen is – bizarrely – as full of surprising twists and turns as ever – 40 years since we first got together, and 20 years after losing Freddie. But of course Freddie is in so many ways very much alive. He must be wryly smiling somewhere !!!”
Isn’t it wonderful? I thought so and then I started looking at the comments. All of them were very positive but one comment stuck with me.
Freddie is a memory and a legend, stop fucking tainting it! We dont need a film when footage exists of freddie himself
Why NOT making a movie? If it were made by any other team I’d understand the protest. But I never had the feeling that Queen ever did something unjust to Freddie’s memory.
He was an amazing person, or so I heard, because quite frankly? I haven’t been old enough to understand what’s going on, when he died. I remember my mum being in tears and even my dad was acting differently. That’s all I remember.
I have seen the footage, I have listened to the music endless hours but it’s not belonging to my generation. Why should only past generations have a link to him? They all feel so high and mighty, because they have something that we’ll never have! So, if I can’t share your memories, I’d love some of my own!
It’s like wearing hand me down’s an entire life and finally getting this awesome sweater you’ve listened others talking about for years. Yes, it’s not REALLY Freddie. But I’ll honor it just like I honor the musical (which I dig alot!). Because Freddie isn’t just a legend of the past – hell always be there. And if you don’t like the movie, stick with your memories.
But don’t stop the infection of the younger generations with the legend that is Freddie Mercury!