Bohemian Rhapsody: one of the writers sues the producers

In 2018, Bryan Singer released “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a critically-divided biopic centered on the rise of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. But the film is currently at the heart of a trial that concerns the scriptwriter of the story.

Bohemian Rhapsody : a box office box

In 2018, filmmaker Bryan Singer decided to leave the X-Men aside for embark on the making of a biopic centered on Freddie Mercury and his iconic band Queen. To embody the rock legend, Rami Malek is chosen for the lead role of Bohemian Rhapsody. The rest of the cast includes Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon and Aidan Gillen. in John Reid.

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Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) – Bohemian Rhapsody ©20th Century Fox

Even though this biopic receives mixed feedback from the press and is singled out by some for its lack of historical details, Bohemian Rhapsody brings back more than $ 911 million in box office revenue. A total triumph for the 20th Century Fox, shortly before its takeover by Disney. In addition, the feature film is 5 Oscar nominees. He leaves besides with 4 statuettes. Those for Best Actor for Rami Malek, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Just that !

A strange affair

Recently, Bohemian Rhapsody is at the heart of a strange affair. Screenwriter Anthony McCarten, who worked on the writing of the film, has filed a complaint against producer Graham King and his company GK Films. Indeed, according to the accounts published by the 20th Century Fox, Bohemian Rhapsody would have engendered a loss of $ 51 million. Still, the film’s budget amounted to $ 55 million … And with its result of 911 million euros at the box office, hard to believe in such a calculation … A gross and mind-blowing error of account which prejudices Anthony McCarten.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody ©20th Century Fox

This lawsuit is a bit strange. Producer Graham King and his company GK Films are called to appear. But Fox or even Disney, which recently bought the studio and owns the operating rights to Bohemian Rhapsody, have not yet been worried. The reason is simple. Anthony McCarten has indeed concluded his contract with Graham King and GK Films. In the terms of his contract, the screenwriter was to receive 5% of GK Films earnings on Bohemian Rhapsody.

The author maintains that the producer did not honor the terms of his contract. He assures that he didn’t earn a single dollar on the film’s annuities. And that King has not answered his calls since. Via his lawyers, Anthony McCarten claims damages the amount of which will be assessed during the trial. Representatives of GK Films told Deadline that they will get in touch with Fox and Disney to find out what to do. Corn the latter have not yet expressed themselves on the question… This case proves once again the lack of consideration of screenwriters in Hollywood. It’s still pretty crazy to think that Anthony McCarten did not earn a cent on the enormous success that was Bohemian Rhapsody. We will be following this case closely and hoping that the truth will come out.

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