The Music Biopic Movies In The Works After Bohemian Rhapsody's Success

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Along with the increase of superhero motion pictures and the horror style among the many plenty, curiosity and blockbuster potential of music biopics was made obvious in 2018 with the discharge of Bohemian Rhapsody. The film, primarily based on Freddie Mercury’s life together with his band Queen, soared to $903 million globally and gained 4 Oscars, together with Rami Malek scoring one for his portrayal of the “Killer Queen” frontman. Following its success, loads extra motion pictures about well-known musicians are on their means.

In 2019, we had Rocketman monitoring Elton John’s life within the type of a musical. What’s subsequent and can any of them prime Bohemian Rhapsody’s standing because the highest-grossing music biopic of all time? Here are the themes whose lives are being primed for cinematic examine:

Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name

Bob Dylan

The newest information on the music biopic entrance is a film about Bob Dylan starring Little Women’s Timothée Chalamet. The 24-year-old actor has made a reputation for himself up to now couple years for his roles in Call Me By Your Name, Beautiful Boy and Lady Bird. According to Deadline, the younger actor will painting Bob Dylan on the time when he determined to embrace Rock and ditch his Folk roots. The working title is Going Electric, and it is going to be directed by James Mangold, who just lately helmed Ford v. Ferrari and can be recognized for Logan and the Johnny Cash movie Walk the Line.

Michael Jackson Thriller Music Video

Michael Jackson

Graham King, the producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, is retaining busy with music biopics with two on the way in which. The first is a biopic about “Thriller” icon Michael Jackson. The film is alleged to span his total life, together with the sexual abuse allegations that just lately have been explored in HBO’s Leaving Neverland. The film reportedly “won’t be sanitized.” King obtained entry to all of Jackson’s music from his household’s property and the film is about to be written by John Logan, who’s behind the Oscar-nominated scripts for Gladiator and Hugo, together with Sweeney Todd, Skyfall, Spectre and The Aviator.

Bee Gees

Bee Gees

The second music biopic within the works from Graham King is one for the Bee Gees! The ‘70s group consisted of three brothers, who’re most famously recognized for his or her songs on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack together with “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.” The Disco-era film in regards to the group appears to be not as far alongside than the one that includes Michael Jackson, however Paramount has bought the life rights to the Gibb household – due to this fact leaving the flexibility for his or her music library to be featured within the upcoming film about them.

Johnny Flynn as David Bowie in Stardust

David Bowie

This one’s anticipated to come back in May of this yr. Stardust is a small impartial movie a couple of 24-year-old David Bowie’s first tour throughout the United States again in 1971. Johnny Flynn of Netflix’s Lovesick is enjoying Bowie, with Jena Malone and Marc Maron additionally a part of the forged This was the time when Bowie was donning a folk-rock aesthetic and he was considering the persona of Ziggy Stardust, which might later propel him to later mega-stardom within the ‘70s and ‘80s. However, Bowie’s son Duncan Jones has made it clear he’s not supporting this undertaking, and Stardust doesn’t have the rights to Bowie’s music.

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in Respect trailer

Aretha Franklin

Another music biopic popping out in 2020 is Respect, which is in regards to the legendary R&B vocalist, Aretha Franklin. The late singer picked Jennifer Hudson to play her years prior, and the film has lastly gotten off the bottom and is approaching August 14. Along with Hudson, Forest Whitaker is enjoying her civil rights activist preacher father; Marlon Wayans will painting her first husband, Ted White; and Mary J. Blige will probably be Dinah Washington. Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy, who beforehand helmed episodes of Insecure and Jessica Jones.

Austin Butler in the Shannara Chronicles

Elvis Presley

Baz Luhrmann, the famed director of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby and Romeo + Juliet, is lastly returning to the director’s chair for the primary time in over 5 years to make a movie on the lifetime of Elvis Presley. Television actor (and just lately seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) Austin Butler is portraying “The King,” beating out Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller for the position. Tom Hanks has been rumored to be enjoying Elvis’ supervisor “Colonel Tom” Parker, who had a controlling maintain on the singer’s life. The film is anticipated to start out taking pictures quickly in Queensland, Australia.

Amy Winehouse in Amy 2015 documentary

Amy Winehouse

In late 2018, the household of the late Amy Winehouse introduced a biopic about their daughter was in works over at Monumental Pictures – which has ties to Anne with an E, Harlots and How to Build a Girl. Eight years after the “Back to Black” singer’s demise at 27, her household really feel the “time was right” to now inform her story on the large display screen. Proceeds from the movie will reportedly profit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to forestall the consequences of medication and alcohol on younger folks, one thing she famously struggled with and in the end died from alcohol poisoning. The film will probably be written by Kinky Boots’ Geoff Deane.

Boy George in Karma Chameleon music video

Boy George

Back in May 2019, it was introduced {that a} biopic about Boy George was within the works to be written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, who beforehand labored on Hitchcock, November Criminals and The Terminal. On a radio present, Boy George stated he’d like Sophie Turner to play him for the film. The two do have a severe resemblance! Turner tweeted out “I’m SO down” following his interview, however not a lot else has been reported in regards to the Boy George film. The ‘80s icon first turned distinguished for his hit “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” together with his band Culture Club and has since turn out to be a LGBTQ icon.

There’s a number of music biopics on the way in which! There’s additionally been temporary mentions for motion pictures centered on Bob Marley, Carole King, Celine Dion, Gucci Mane, Madonna, John Lennon and Yoko One. Considering the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, it looks as if the curiosity within the manufacturing of those motion pictures are at an all-time excessive!

Which of those are you most excited to see? Sound off within the feedback under and vote within the ballot under! Check out 5 nice music biopics to take a look at when you appreciated Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman!


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