Deadline is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen has walked away from the planned Freddie Mercury biopic.
The site claims the comic departed the project over creative differences with Mercury’s remaining band members in Queen.
Apparently Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon (if involved) — who have script and director approval — want the film to be a family-friendly PG flick, while Cohen has always intended for it to be an R-rated, unflinching look at Mercury’s life.
Cohen recently commissioned a script by Peter Morgan and developed the project with directors like David Fincher and Tom Hooper, but the band members never signed off.
Is this disappointing news or is a Freddie Mercury biopic a bad idea anyway?