Variety reports that Baron Cohen and producer Graham King (who will be handling the movie through his GK Films shingle) are beginning the hunt for a director and the frontrunner for the job is Stephen Frears. The film will chronicle the rise of Queen and culminate with their historic appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Not only that, the untitled project has the rights to a batch of Queen tunes, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." Frears seems to be a smart, if not exactly exciting choice. Of course, he's handled a Morgan screenplay before with "The Queen," but it depends which director shows up. Frears can be great, but he's also known to sleepwalk through stuff like "Tamara Drewe" or even his recent "Lay The Favorite," which came out of Sundance with middling reviews.
But if he signs on, when this might roll remains to be seen. Frears is currently in the midst of production on "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" for HBO and also has "The Bengali Detective" developing over at Fox Searchlight. Meanwhile, Baron Cohen seems to be a bit more free at the moment, but as one of the most highly sought after comic actors around, that could change at any moment.
As Morgan said, momentum on a movie can change anytime, though it seems Baron Cohen and King are fired up to get this moving again. It does indeed sound like great material and it's certainly a solid rock 'n' roll story and an nice change for Baron Cohen, so we hope this is the first step to the film going in front of cameras soon.