‘Galaxy Quest’ Director to Helm ‘Bill & Ted 3′ (If It Happens)

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2012 at 10:59 am,

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There was a time when Bill & Ted 3 sounded more like a joke than an actual possibility, with Keanu Reeves pitching some wild (Excellent? Could resist…) ideas that included bringing Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Werner Herzog together to direct.

Everything (sorta) changed earlier this year, when reports emerged that a spec script penned by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (the same guys behind Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bogus Adventure) was complete, and the project was simply waiting for an official greenlight. That situation hasn’t changed, though Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) has now been attached to helm the time-traveling, dim-witted buddy duo’s return to the big screen.

Vulture says Matheson and Solomon’s Bill & Ted 3 screenplay takes an identical approach as the belated comedy sequels Clerks II and American Reunion – and the planned approach for Dumber and Dumber 2 – by catching up with the founders of Wild Stallyns in real-time. Does that mean Bill S. Preston (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Reeves) are going to be spouting updated lingo from the 21st century – in a threequel titled Bill & Ted’s WTF Adventure? Moving on…

Matheson and Solomon are selling Bill & Ted 3 as a relatively inexpensive comedy, along the lines of Hot Tub Time Machine ($36 million, for the record). MGM holds the franchise rights, but are looking around for a studio to co-finance the threequel before giving it a greenlight. That’s the last remaining hurdle that Bill & Ted 3 has to overcome, seeing how Reeves and Winter are already committed to reprising their breakout roles (somewhere, Dan Aykroyd is probably wishing Ghostbusters 3 was so lucky).

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The enduring popularity of the Bill & Ted franchise guarantees an audience for the threequel, even if it fails to recapture the, uh, magic of its predecessors (which, don’t get me wrong, this writer is a fan of). We might have to wait a while for another significant update on the project, as Parisot is deep into pre-production on RED 2 and won’t be available to direct Bill & Ted 3 until next year.

There’s always a chance that Bill & Ted 3 will hit a snag in the meantime, and end up running in circles like Ghostbusters 3 – or, on the flip side, put momentarily on hold for everyone’s schedule to clear up, as Jeff Daniels says is the case with Dumb and Dumber 2. Frankly, though, in this day and age, it’s hard to say that any cash-grab Hollywood sequel is definitely down for the count.

We’ll keep you updated on Bill & Ted 3 as the story develops.

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Source: Vulture

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  1. I’m listening. Bill and Ted in todays world where their supposed fame never took off in the 21st century. Only to become the smartest men on the planet. LMAO!!! No really, they’re smarter than all of the youth today combined.

    Hillarious! This one could actually work.

    • Like in “Idiocracy”

      • lol maybe.

  2. Do not want!

    • ….it to suck!

  3. This is fantastic news! Galaxy Quest is one of my all-time favorites and B&T are too. Bring it on!

  4. im happy for Bill & Ted 3 but no George Carlin makes me sad

    • +1 :’(

  5. dream scene:

    Ted & his son doing a “Bro..Dude..Bro! Dude!” standoff =D

    • Like that scene from ‘Dude, wheres my car?’ when they see each others tatoos

  6. If this happens then I demand Mike Myers returns to his greatest movie franchise and gives us Wayne’s World 3 as well.

  7. Maybe a Galaxy Quest 2 might work…But Bill and Ted…It’s already been proved that one was far more than enough

  8. I’d like to see them as adults…but with that rockstar persona that keeps them acting like idiots in today’s modern world (like all those hair bands that keep reliving their glory days headlining county fairs in the Midwest).

    • HAHAHAHAHA, so true.

  9. UGGH… Well if they’re going to do it at least come up with a smart script, a clever premise, address reality!

  10. Bill & Ted’s Outrageous Ending. I wonder if an older rufus will send a younger rufus to help them out this time since carlin is dead and all.

  11. I say do it, I’d pay to see it. Just find a comedian as talented as Carlin and go for it!!

    • Hell….They’d probably try someone like Russel Brand……What a mistake that would be…..Well…Maybe not considering the idea they’re going with in the first place….Probably would fit right in…None the less….Why this dumb idea instead of another Galaxy Quest? That they could work with. This…I have serious doubts….

  12. They can’t replace Rufus so they shouldn’t even try. They have to get Sadler back as Death though.

  13. Bummer is that BOTH Carlin and Clarence Clemons (the head future dude from the first film) are dead. Who would step in to once again intervene and set the Stalyanz on the right path?

    My vote: Lawrence Fishburne (“You. Are. The One… s.”)

  14. (FOOEY)end quote

  15. It’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, not Bogus Adventure. And it’s Wyld Stallyns, not Wild Stallyns. And you call yourself a fan of the series, haha ;-).

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to this happening. I’m glad Keanu is down for revising the series; I just hope it doesn’t seem weird seeing the two back on screen all grown up, considering he’s a way bigger star than Alex Winter.