Although rumors have persisted for years about a third outing for the time travelling, rock-loving Bill & Ted, a new interview with Bill himself seems to have shed new light on a possible third film.
1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure has become something of a cult classic in the 25 years since its release. The quirky comedy about two airheaded rockers from southern California that would go on to usher in humanity’s greatest era of peace and prosperity is already an off-the-wall concept, but when you throw in a pivotal oral history report that necessitates George Carlin giving the duo a time traveling phone booth to then go and pick up the likes of Socrates (or “So Crates”), Beethoven, Billy the Kid, and Abraham Lincoln, then you’re just asking to become a memorable 1980s movie experience.
Although 1991 saw the release of the comparatively less successful — and less loved — sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the duo has still managed to get a surprising amount of mileage in the public consciousness. Part of this is kept alive by their regular annual presence at Universal Studios during Halloween Horror Nights, but a lot of it rests on the laurels of that first film, where audiences got to witness Napoleon Bonaparte discover how awesome water slides are.
Over the last several years, rumors have persisted that the original duo — actor-director Alex Winter, who played Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Keanu Reeves, who played Ted “Theodore” Logan — were more than willing to revisit their roles in a third film, with statements ranging from a project languishing in development hell to being just a stone’s throw away from active production. Thanks to a new interview with Winter from Yahoo!, we now have a far greater idea of what the actual project of Bill & Ted 3 looks like. In a nutshell, it sounds pretty far off, but it also sounds like it’s going to happen.
In the interview, Winter gives the basic rundown of what the movie will probably end up looking like from a conceptual perspective.
[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up. It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny. But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?
There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie. [It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.
He also laments that word got out about the production with fans, which was initially kept under the radar in hopes of both surprising them, and to account for the realities of how long it can take to actually turn an idea for a movie into a reality.
The thing we had going against us is that word got out. That was kind of a bummer. It just takes a long time to put a movie together. Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad [the fans] have to get dragged through this long, boring, protracted process.
In the interview, Winter goes on to explain that he, Reeves, and the original film’s writers Chris Matheson and Ed Sullivan are all still good friends that see each other on a relatively regular basis, and that all of their ideas are going into what the movie will eventually become. Especially encouraging is that Winter explains Reeves’ enthusiasm, which is slightly surprising, but definitely welcome. Be sure to check out the full interview at Yahoo!, and you can bet that GeekNation will keep you apprised of any new developments on this new, most excellent-sounding adventure.
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