It's been 23 years since Bill and Ted graced our screens in one of their excellent adventures, and now, if Keanu Reeves is to believed, they look set to return.
The concept of a [Bill & Ted 3](movie:565978) has been floating around the movie-making ether for several years now, but in recent months some serious progress seems to have been made in pre-production. Reeves himself has certainly become more vocal about the project and few interviews go by without The Matrix star now dropping some news for Bill & Ted 3.
While chatting to Coming Soon about his upcoming revenge thriller [John Wick](movie:1116115), Reeves updated on Bill & Ted 3, especially regarding the script and the involvement of the original creators, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Reeves stated:
We have to get the script in the right place. Chris and Ed have been working really hard over a couple of years to get the draft in the right place. What is the reason to make this movie besides nostalgia or the love of these characters. Where can they be in their life that can be a story that is worth telling or has something in it and is funny? They have that. It didn’t help that the first script that they brought in was probably budgeted at $150 million dollars. I don’t know if Bill & Ted carry that much weight. Part of the argument is that it’s not that popular internationally, that’s where so much of the funding for movies comes from these days. They’ve worked on the script and the budget, just trying to get the right script and then get the business side wrapped up, financiers and rights, all the show business stuff.
He went onto confirm that Galaxy Quest director, Dean Parisot, is currently interested in helming the project, while he also gave the low-down on the general idea behind the story. He continued:
I think they’ve really crafted something that’s funny. [Bill and Ted have] been weighed down by the burden of having to save the world by the song, and they just can’t write it. They’re losing their wives and their children, they’re losing their families... [T]hey’re just like, “Dude, we have to write the song!” The future comes back and says if you don’t write the song by this certain time the universe is going to unravel and history and everything is going to change and dinosaurs are gonna walk the Earth. Jesus is playing baseball! All sorts of weird things start unraveling and wormholes are twisting. We have to kind of bring order back, and it’s connected into bringing our families together by writing a song.
Reeves also explained that all the time-travelling mumbo-jumbo would result in multiple versions of Bill and Ted appearing in the movie, and went into detail about one particular scene set in a prison:
There’s a great scene where Bill and Ted are in jail and we’re seeing our future us’s and they’re all tatted and hard. They’re like, [tough sounding] “What’s up, dude? Hey dude. Hey guy.” “Stop calling me dude!” They want to beat up Bill and Ted because they’ve inherited the life that they f**ked up. They’re miserable and they hate Bill and Ted.
What do you think? Does this sound like a cool concept for Bill & Ted 3? Or should some things just be allowed to end?
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