KFIX Rock News: Freddie Mercury Biopic Seeking New Director

mercmainBack in December, it was announced that British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher had been hired to helm the long-in-the-works official Freddie Mercury biopic, but producers now have apparently parted ways with Fletcher.

Deadline reports that GK Films president head Graham King butted heads with Fletcher over the direction of the film, which is expected to be R-rated.

Ben Whishaw, who played Q in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, is still slated to portray the late Queen frontman in the forthcoming flick after taking the role over from Sacha Baron Cohen.

The Mercury biopic had been expected to begin shooting this summer, and Sony tells Deadline that it’s hoping to have a new director in place so that the film can move forward with few or no delays.

Peter Morgan wrote the script for the movie, which will tell Mercury’s story from Queen’s rise to fame through the band’s historic performance at 1985′s Live Aid festival at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Co-producing the flick with GK Films are Queen Films, Robert De Niro, and American producer Jane Rosenthal.

The producers reportedly have secured the rights to a variety of classic Queen songs for use in the biopic, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions.”

Fletcher has a long acting career, with a resume that includes parts in The Elephant Man, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Kick-Ass.

He made his directorial debut in 2011 with Wild Bill, and followed that with 2013′s Sunshine on Leith, a film based on a stage production inspired by the music of The Proclaimers.

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