With the impending release of Deadpool and the in-development Alien 5, the list of movies we never thought we'd see is getting shorter all the time. Still on that list, however, is the long-talked-about Bill & Ted 3. The 1989 original, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, made Keanu Reeves an overnight star, and along with its sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, cemented the positions of the lovably dim Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Reeves) in pop culture lore.
Talk of Bill & Ted 3 has persisted for years, with an updated script reportedly finished in 2012, news of a director attached, and then... nothing. The subject has come up sporadically since, with the most recent update in October 2014 from Keanu Reeves himself, who spoke about revisiting the characters in their forties.
Now, Alex Winter has chimed in on Bill & Ted 3. Winter spoke with The Next Web (via Cinema Blend) about his documentary The Deep Web, which examines the takedown of the infamous dark web illegal drug marketplace The Silk Road. The Deep Web was directed by Winter and narrated by Keanu Reeves. Eventually, the talk turned to Bill & Ted 3, with Winter claiming he doesn't mind being asked about that character, saying: "It’s been such a basic part of my life. I’m now at a point where I’ve spent more time dealing with it than not."
While Winter has focused on directing documentaries and television episodes, he sounds positive about the notion of returning to his most famous character, saying:
"It’s exciting to come back to the characters. The fun thing about them is that they’re ageless. You play them in terms of who they are spiritually. Their mannerism and physicality are not tied to age. We played them like 9-year-old kids. They still have that quality. The comic potential of that becomes even better as it becomes more discordant. It will be funnier because they’re older."
The idea of revisiting a set of characters from an iconic comedy years later is not new (Clerks II, Dumb and Dumber To), but despite the ongoing difficulties in getting Bill & Ted 3 off the ground, seeing how these characters have changed - or haven't - after all this time is bound to draw an audience of more than one generation. The opportunity to watch Winter and Reeves revisit Bill and Ted is intriguing in and of itself, but Winter's promise of this entry being "funnier" falls in line with previous statements on the film's story.
Rather than a rehash of what has come before, Keanu Reeves has said that Bill & Ted 3 will explore how Bill and Ted's world-saving destiny has still apparently been unrealized, and the ramifications of having this sort of epic writer's block over a single song causes some ambitious-sounding chaos. At this point, we've gone nearly a year between updates, but judging from Winter's remarks, the project sounds very much alive. Stay tuned for more details.
Bill & Ted 3 is currently in development.
Source: The Next Web