While it can sometimes be a bit hard to remember after spending so much time in a post-Matrix world, there was a time when Keanu Reeves most iconic role was easily that of time-traveling metal-head Ted “Theodore” Logan in the 1989 cult classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Despite – or perhaps even because of – the abject silliness involved in Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted’s titular journey through time, the movie carried with it a party-like atmosphere that has helped it continue to pick up new fans in the decades since its release.
Earning over $40 million at the box office on an estimated budget of only $10 million, Bill & Ted naturally returned two years later for an even crazier sequel, entitled Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. While neither as beloved or as profitable as the original, Bogus Journey has gone on to earn its own – albeit smaller – cult of followers, a group that revels in odd sequences like the titular duo playing Twister with the Grim Reaper after being murdered by evil robot versions of themselves. (Yes, it’s that kind of movie.)
In the years since Bogus Journey, star Reeves has publicly teased the creation of a potential third installment multiple times, only to see things halt at the idea stage. While it remains to be seen whether Bill & Ted 3 will ever actually happen, Reeves once again discussed the prospect during a recent talk show appearance on BBC-One’s The Graham Norton Show (via The Wrap), offering up his story pitch for the film.
“There’s a cool story. Basically, they’re supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven’t done that yet. So the pressure of having to save the world — their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them. But then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don’t write the song it’s just not the world, it’s the universe. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart. So then elements of the past come in.”
In Reeves’ proposed Bill & Ted 3, it would seem that while God gave rock and roll to everyone, he didn’t necessarily equip Bill and Ted with the tools required to craft a song capable of saving humanity. It’s really not surprising that they would be struggling. After all, they were just two underachieving teenagers before Rufus arrived to thrust them into an intergalactic fight for the future.
With the knowledge of what they were eventually meant to do constantly weighing on their minds, it’s likely that Bill and Ted have never really been able to have a normal family life, considering that their wives are from the 1400s. Still, one hopes the Wyld Stallyns will eventually get it together, in truly excellent fashion.
Source: The Wrap