The long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic, called Bohemian Rhapsody: The Film, which will be directed by Brian Singer and starring Rami Malek will not address the AIDS crisis and will focus on his years with Queen. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 due to complications from AIDS.
It's been reported Brian May and Roger Taylor are executive producers of the film and clashed with Sacha Baron Cohen during pre-production over May and Taylor wanting to ignore Mercury's personal life in the film and instead focus on Queen. Cohen later left the project, accusing the surviving members of Queen were trying to clean up the film and take focus away from Mercury.
Cohen claimed (quoted for full WTF):
“[After] my first meeting, I should never have carried on, after a member of the band said ‘this is such a great movie because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie’. “I ask what happens in the middle of the movie, and he says ‘Freddie dies’
“I go, ‘So you mean, it’s a bit like Pulp Fiction, the end is the middle and the middle is the end? That’s wild, that’s interesting.’ He goes ‘no no, normal movie’, so I said ‘wait a minute, what happens in the second half of the movie?’
“And he said, ‘Well, we see how the band carries on from strength to strength’… I said, ‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS, and then you carry on to see the band carry on!’.”
What a fucking mess.