Director Dexter Fletcher
is off the Freddie Mercury
biopic, mere weeks after joining the project, Ultimate Classic Rock
The filmmaker, who cited "creative differences"
as the reason for his departure, is not the first high-profile figure to leave the project. Sacha Baron Cohen
, who was set to play the titular singer, quit the project last year. Reportedly, Cohen was interested in a warts-and-all portrayal of the singer, while surviving band members Brian May
and Roger Taylor
wanted to put together a "PG version of Mercury's life."
Speaking about the movie to VH1 Radio Network
) last week, Brian May had the following to say:"The movie is about to go. Yeah, we will be shooting in May. At this point, Roger and I kinda step backwards because we have a great team to put the film together under the leadership of Graham King, who is, you know, probably the greatest independent producer in films. We will sort of let them do it and shoot it and hopefully it will be an interesting thing."I've learned a lot about films in this process. What you discover is films don't really tell history, films are an entertainment and so that's an interesting journey to make. You realize that it cannot be absolutely true. What is the truth? The truth would be different for the people telling the story, but it will be a hell of an entertaining film I think."