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Dexter Fletcher Leaves Freddie Mercury Biopic
Another director bites the dust

14 March 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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The team behind the long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic has suffered another setback, with news arriving via Deadline that Wild Bill / Sunshine On Leith director Dexter Fletcher, who was attached to the project back in December, has now left the project.

The cause of his departure hasn’t been revealed; the report simply mentions that he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the producers, which includes Brian May and the rest of Queen. We’re hopeful he may one day be more candid on the matter when enough time has passed.

Fletcher’s hiring alongside Ben Whishaw (who replaced Sacha Baron Cohen) meant that the filmmakers, who include writer Peter Morgan, could kick off pre-production on the film. Whishaw is still aboard, and all involved are now looking for another director to keep things on track and the planned summer shoot alive.

At its core, the film will focus on the formative years of the band and culminating with the famous, stadium-rocking performance at 1985’s Live Aid event. But issues have arisen, first between Cohen and Queen and now, presumably, between Fletcher and the musicians, over the tone of the film. With May and the rest holding the needed rights to songs such as 'We Are The Champions', 'Don’t Stop Me Now' and 'You’re My Best Friend', they have more of a say of what goes into any biopic. Mercury's life was controversial and tough to get right, so hopefully someone will manage to strike the right balance. 

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RE: mangold and borat
It's a shame that Queen won't give the creative freedom to filmmakers. They are probably afraid that their spotlight will be small compared to Freddie's in the biopic. Sacha Baron Cohen would have been a brilliant actor to play Mercury and his perception on how they should make the biopic is much much realistic than what Queen wants... More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 13:29 on 15 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: mangold and borat
I concur with the Sacha Baron Cohen comment for sure... More

Posted by d0m_l at 21:19 on 14 March 2014 | Report This Post

mangold and borat
sacha baron cohen is the only actor working today who could play the part and they should get james mangold to direct More

Posted by bill the butcher at 18:35 on 14 March 2014 | Report This Post

Its official. The Freedie Mercury biopic is in development hell! More

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