After twenty-one long years, Wyld Stallyans’ fans finally have news worthy of a celebratory air guitar rock out! In addition to Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot being confirmed to direct a brand new Bill and Ted adventure, actor Keanu Reeves has now dropped a hearty helping of tasty plot information. First Showing is reporting that Reeves has leaked confirmation that once again our time traveling amigos will venture to the future.
Reeves gets even more in-depth with the following release, so those fans trying avoid too much detail might want to stop reading here. If you’re still interested though, check out what the future holds for Bill and Ted:
“It’s one thing to think about it, but to perform it… 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.”
Looks like a Bill and Ted threequel will be happening sooner than later if all this recent exposure is any indication. Co-stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter always teased some sort of return to their boneheaded characters, but a third franchise entry always seemed like a fantastical pet project. Many people, including myself, thought our bodacious duo were long dead after Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey failed to reach expected popularity, but apparently time actually does heal all wounds.
With Reeves confidently releasing solid plot information, Bill and Ted 3 is seemingly only gaining speed towards production. The biggest draw-in factor for me involves anticipating how a more mature Reeves and Winter will transition back to their teenage slacker days, strapping up their guitars and inserting “Dude” into every sentence. Both actors have spent a long time away from the franchise and have physically aged over the years, forcing one to wonder how a grown up Bill and Ted will fit into today’s world – until they travel forward that is.
With all the remakes and reboots recently taking place, another Bill and Ted film actually sounds refreshing and surprising, considering films only a few years old have already seen numerous re-incarnations. At least with the long gap of time exists plenty of original ideas for co-writers and original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon to toy with.
Let’s just hope Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter can once again be excellent, and this time skimp on the bogus!
After such a long absence though, do you think Bill and Ted‘s humor can even attract new viewers while bringing back nostalgic fans as well?