It’s been nearly 30 years since Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters starred in the comedy classic “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Rumors have been buzzing about another Bill and Ted movie since its 1991 sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” Over the years, both Winters and Reeves have stated that they’d be up for another round of dopey fun, but each attempt to revive the franchise has fallen through.
It looks like the third film might finally be happening. The original writers for “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, have completed a script on spec.
Tentatively titled “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the film would catch up with the titular protagonists as they’re in their 50s, married, and parents. In the first movie, Bill and Ted discover that their band, Wyld Stallyns, will one day save the world. The third installment will have them confront the fact that their great destiny hasn’t actually come true yet. They’ll still get their chance. The new script has someone from the future traveling back in time to enlist the guys’ help. The writers promise that Bill and Ted will be saving the world…and everything else.
Ed Solomon claims that this effort at jumpstarting the franchise is different from previous ones. Unlike past attempts, this time the team is close to finalizing a deal with financiers that will allow the long-delayed project to finally move forward. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters are keen to reprise their roles. William Sadler, who played Death in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” is also set to return. The project even has a director and producers lined up, signs that it might really be happening this time.
Dean Parisot has been tapped to direct. Parisot is best known for directing another cult classic, 1999’s “Galaxy Quest.” He’s also directed numerous episodes for dozens of television programs, as well as “Red 2” and “Home Fries.”
Scott Kroopf, who produced the original films, is back. Steven Soderbergh will also be producing.