In addition to everyone’s favorite Gallifreyan, British time traveler from Doctor Who, there is a beloved duo that also happen to travel through time by way of a phone box: Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves). Although momentum for a third film in the Bill & Ted franchise has pushed forward as of late, there still appear to be some delays keeping audiences from an excellent sequel. Learn more after the break.
In a recent Hollywood Reporter interview with Reeves on the progress of BT3, he seems less optimistic than co-Wyld Stallyns member Winter, stating that the progress of the film changes from day to day within “the business part of show business.” Although he has been reported to return as Ted, Reeves will make his final decision once he sees the completed script.
“There’s a script, and we’re trying to get dough and rights. Once it became real, I’d have to look at it. I think the idea of it I really like, and the writers have a really cool [and funny] idea for Bill and Ted in the sense of what it could be about.”
According to Winter in a recent interview with Yahoo!, the film’s script has been completed, but has been continually been refined over the last few years. Winter had this to say about the plot:
“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up,” Winter tells us. “It’s really sweet and really f—ing funny. But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”
As Winter continues, it sounds like this may cross into Dumb and Dumber To territory with how far along in the future we revisit these characters.
“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie,” he continues. “[It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”
Slated to direct the duo’s next adventure is Dean Parisot, who is known for his work as a director in the 1999 film, Galaxy Quest. In fact, Parisot had been confirmed to direct Bill and Ted as early as 2012.
Winter and Reeves have kept quiet on any other specific details about the storyline; leaving fans with only this ambiguous and cryptic description. Hopefully, the middle-aged versions of Bill and Ted will be just as endearing and entertaining as the teens from San Dimas, CA that we all know and love. Who knows? Maybe the Wyld Stallyns have hit it big by this time?
A release date for the latest Bill and Ted adventure has yet to be announced.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter