Keanu Reeves has teased the plot of Bill & Ted 3, in a brand new interview. This film, of course, would be the sequel to 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, both of which saw Keanu Reeves’ Ted Logan and Alex Winter’s Bill Preston embroiled in hilarious fantastical stories. The first film was all about time-travel, and the second saw Bill and Ted temporarily visiting the afterlife.
There has been talk of a third film in this series for years. In 2010, Reeves revealed that he had been talking to Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon – writers of both existing Bill & Ted films – about getting started on a script. Then, in 2012, Winter revealed the script was finished and that everyone involved loved it – they just needed a green light from the studio. Soon after that, Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was attached to direct.
But things went a bit quiet after that, with only the occasional comment from Reeves or Winter fanning the flames of fan hype. And now, Reeves has chatted about the project again, while attending this year's New York Comic Con (via IGN). He revealed that the film is currently titled Bill & Ted Face the Music. And he also offered this genuine account of where things are at, and how hard it is to get a film off the ground:
"We’re trying. There’s a script out there. We’re just trying to get it made. Show business is tough. It’s a cautionary tale. They’re supposed to save the world. But when we see them they haven’t saved the world and they’re married and have kids. And they’re playing to nobody. ... But they have to write the song… and face the music! Hopefully we’ll make it before I’m 60."
This certainly sounds like a fun angle for the film to explore. Bill and Ted were told as teens that they would be musical messiahs by adulthood, but how would they react if that simply didn’t happen? Could having that foreknowledge of their destinies put too much pressure on the guys? Judging by this, and Reeves’ previous teases of the story, there is a huge pile of comedy gold to be mined in that central concept: a disillusioned Bill and Ted failing to live up to their own hype.
However, it’s not worth getting too excited about this film until an official announcement comes. Getting a mid-budget film like this – which undoubtedly needs some sort of visual effects budget – greenlit isn’t particularly easy in the current Hollywood climate. Not even for a star with Reeves’ current level of box office draw, it would seem.
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