Keanu Reeves Discusses ‘Bill & Ted 3′ Plot Details & Alternate Timelines

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:16 am,

Keanu Reeves Discusses Bill Ted 3 Plot Keanu Reeves Discusses Bill & Ted 3 Plot Details & Alternate Timelines

Anyone who lived through the ’90s probably remembers the Bill & Ted moviesBill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). If, by some chance you, haven’t seen them, the movies revolved around Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan, two time-traveling slackers who first kidnap historical figures to help them with a history test, and then come back to life after being killed by their evil robotic counterparts from the future (and give The Grim Reaper a “melvin” along the way).

Needless to say, the wacky humor and surprisingly clever plots of the Bill & Ted movies have made it one of the more beloved franchises of the late 1980s/early 1990s. In fact, the films were so popular, that fans have been clamoring for a third installment for years. Fortunately for them, Bill & Ted 3 is currently in the works, and star Keanu Reeves recently revealed some of the plot details.

With the twenty-year gap between the movies, many fans are wondering how the third movie will tie in with the other two. Keanu Reeves told GQ:

“One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: ‘Where is the song?’ The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us’ refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.”

In Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, we learned that the music of Bill and Ted’s band, The Wyld Stallyns, is responsible for creating a Utopian future where people live in harmony by adhering to commandments such as “Be excellent to each other.” As with any good time travel movie, though, things are always in flux.

From the sound of it, this new film will be exploring multiple timelines, which is always fun. After all, what would Back to the Future 2 be without the alternate reality 1985?

It’ll be interesting to see how the writers weave in the plot from the first film into this new one. Cameos by past characters – pun intended – are pretty likely, but I wonder if we’ll see the current Bill and Ted interacting with younger versions of themselves from the original footage.

Bill & Ted 3  (to be directed by Dean Parisot of Galaxy Quest fame) is expected to hit theaters in 2013.


Source: GQ

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  1. One thing that will suck is no George Carlin(Rufus)

    • the only way they can include Rufus is if a younger version of his helps the guys (I guess…). Get someone who can do a carlin impression and they’re all set. I wonder if the could age them like in the opposite way of x-men 3.

      I still say Bill & Ted’s Outrageous Ending. anyone else got an idea for a title?

      • Bill & Ted’s Radical Return?

        • Triumphant Return!

          • Outrageous Ending does have a ring to it.

            • I think so too. Plus – it kinda gives it a trilogy feel. I doubt we’d get apart 4 anyways lol

        • Or maybe, Bill and Ted Most Triumphant (as in more triumphant than the alternate us, us’s).

          • Outstanding Opus…

            • Bodacious Beginning

          • I don’t mind Bill & Ted’s MOST Excellent Adventure either… I can’t get the cartoon show theme out of my head lol been singing it for weeks haha

            • Do you remember when they changed the cartoon? I think the second season had a new theme and different people doing Bill and Ted’s voices.

              That ruined my enjoyment of that cartoon. It used to be awesome!

              • The second season has the guys fromt he live action tv show doing the voice and a diff animation studio – so yeah it sucked. But the first season is awesome! Everyone fromt he movie reprises the voice roles and they do a little “Forrest Gumping” during their time travels – where they’re responsible for certain historical events lol plus that theme song is kick-ass!!
                “Bill and Ted’s most excellent adventures”…”Most triumphant!” lol Keanu’s line are pretty much always funny int hat show…

      • Righteous Expedition

      • Bill and Ted’s Awesome Odyssey

  2. I would like to see Jane Weidlen and Fee Waybill in it. :-)

  3. Anyone else read the Keanu Reeves quote in Ted’s voice?

    • Haha yep.

      • Me too ha ha, I even put ‘be excellent to each other’ on the end

    • Dude I thought I was the only one. LOL


  4. Wonder if we find out what Station’s been up to? lol.

  5. Um i thought thats what they did at the end of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey?

    • I thought that too. Didn’t all those newspaper headlines during the credits state how Wyld Stallyns changed the world?

      • They did!

      • yeah I actually hated that part watching it recently…I was like stop before you paint yourselves in a corner lol

        • They did that because they wrapped things up. No more movies needed. If they’re planning on doing this, don’t negate everything that came before. I’m sure the writers know what they’re doing, but Keanu’s quote seemed like they jumbled things up.

          • Perhaps we will be picking up with an alternate Bill and Ted instead then? Now i’m confused…

  6. Ahhh I’m all confused inside! It would be fun to see a new B&T but man it’s been so long since the last one. Part of the appeal of the original movies were that B&T were these dopy kids (airheads?). hard to imagine they’d still behave that way at their current age. if they don’t, I don’t see the appeal, if they do, then we get to see grown men act dopy. Plus Keanu Reeves has had a good career since then it’ll be hard to see Neo acting like that again. I hope they can pull it off!

    • That was a KISS song, not Bill & Ted’s, its been a long time since I saw the movie, but I know without a doubt that the song was KISS.

      • It is a KISS song that actors in a movie pretended to perform while being filmed. Then it appears on-screen to look like Wyld Stallyns are singing the song. It’s “movie magic.”

      • True but in the movie it was Bill & Ted’s song that put the universe in harmony!

        • We never actually heard Bill and Ted’s song! We heard the KISS song while they performed theirs for the audience. It was never directly inferred that they were performing “God gave rock and roll to you”.

          • They lip synced it. I think that’s inferred ;)

            • I can’t remember them actually lip syncing to that song.(and I’ve seen it plenty) I always assumed that their song was just to fantastic to be heard. After all, you can write a story about the best song ever written, but actually writing that song is something else. Eg: Tenacious D, Tribute

              • Perhaps you’re right. I haven’t seen the movie in years (I owned it on VHS if that’s any indicator). But for some reason I can picture Ted looking over his shoulder at Bill and singing the lyrics. Perhaps I am completely off base. I’d prefer your way though…and if that’s what they did, pure genius. Also, Tenacious D should cameo in the new movie.

    • yes they are saying that thats what is set up to happen in the regular time line future of bogus journey, but since its a time travel movie, anything can happen and obviously there will be an event that alters that time line and sends then into an alternate reality where they never write the song that unites the world

  7. I guarantee you we’ll see a band like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, U2, etc. in this film as they try to find the spark of creativity.

  8. OH MY GOD!!! YES!!!!!!!


  10. hopefully we’ll see the future – where they legalized weed but made hip hop illegal. lol

    • Dream on grandpa! (^-^)

  11. I think it’d be funny to see them travelling through time in the phone booth and in the background you see a delorean fying by lol

    • Or they land on top of the TARDIS.

  12. Open on Bill and Ted living in trailer park. They have no idea that they ever had another destiny. They are single, work crappy jobs, and never really learned to play. At least, this is true for Bill. Ted recently was put on leave and has actually started playing better thanks to internet lessons.

    A time agent shows up and tells them they are in danger and zaps them into “limbo space”(a closed loop in the circuits of time). While there, the time agent explains the current situation.
    He/She gives a brief synopsis of the first 2 movies as what should have been, but…
    Rufus was killed before the events of the first movie. This death is temporally shielded. It cannot be corrected. Hell, the phone booth is a rip off of the TARDIS, why not rip off the “time lock” too? Rufus’ death allowed a rival time agent to rise to power in the vacuum left by not having Wyld Stallyns around. Ted’s recent improvement in playing is threatening that position. The assassin is on their trail. The only way to set things straight is to jump through time, evading the assassin while writing “The Song”. The time agent can help with the technical aspect of playing, but “The Song” can only be written by Wyld Stallyns.
    Time jumping could allow for cameos of our historical friends from B&TEA.
    Eventually the song is written. Only then does the time agent reveal that he/she is the assassin. By releasing the song, the time agent will ensure his/her position of power and get credit for all the great things described in the first movie.

    Bill is angry and moves toward the time agent, but Ted stops him. Ted philosophises that it doesn’t really matter who gets credit for a peaceful future as long as that future happens.
    Bill argues that their youth was stolen from them.
    Ted replies that everyone’s youth gets stolen. There will always be a past that could have been better, or a future where WE get everything we want. Even our present can be altered. It’s all beyond our control. The only thing we truly have, is each other.
    End with Bill and Ted in their trailer playing guitar.