Once again, strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure slammed into our world in 1989 like a time-traveling telephone booth. Then in 1991 we got the stellar sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Now it really sounds like we will get a gnarly third Bill & Ted movie and we even know the title and the plot.
Ed Solomon, the dude who wrote the original bodacious Bill & Ted film, is working on the third installment and gave some juicy details about the next excellent episode. “We have been working for almost 10 years to get this thing made; Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, Chris Matheson, me… we have a director – Dean Parisot, who did Galaxy Quest – Steven Soderbergh is one of our producers. We have a wonderful assembly of people,” Solomon told Digital Spy. “We have a script that we really are proud of, that we worked very hard on, that we’ve done many iterations of – and we did it on spec, meaning we spent years working on it because we wanted to get it right, creatively.” Outstanding!
For those who question that Solomon’s intent on a new Bill & Ted movie is a bogus move to make a cheap buck, he knocks down that notion. “This is not, ‘Hey let’s all cash-in on the Bill & Ted thing for money’ – this is the opposite. This is, ‘We love these characters, they’ve been with us for our whole lives’ – Chris and me, and Alex and Keanu – and we wanted to visit them again as middle-aged men. We thought it would be really fun, and funny, and sweet.” I feel like the new movie will need a different object to time-travel in for the year 2018 because a telephone booth will stick out like a sore thumb.
“We really think there’s another movie to be done that is the opposite of cynical, that is actually made with love,” Solomon said. “[It’ll be] made with love and affection for the characters, and affection for the fans of Bill & Ted. All of us really want to give the people who love Bill & Ted, and people who haven’t even discovered Bill & Ted yet, a movie that is worthy of their affection. And we’re trying!” The new movie will be titled Bill & Ted Face the Music, where the characters of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are middle-aged family men instead of musicians.
The problem with the threequel to Bill & Ted is that legendary comic George Carlin, who played Rufus, is dead. “George Carlin is so deeply missed by all of us,” Solomon said. “There is a… not just an homage to him, it’s more than that. His absence is a part of the whole movie.” Solomon gave an idea of the plot of the third Bill & Ted flick. “They return to that scene at the Circle K when Bill and Ted first meet themselves, only now they’re watching their younger selves and looking at the exuberance and joy that they had at that time in their lives. And they see Rufus, they see George Carlin…” The writer added, “There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey, so George is a deep, deep part of it.” Yes, way!
Solomon said the film “keeps getting close” to a green-light, but Hollywood studios want to reboot the movie entirely with new, younger actors. However, Solomon insists having Reeves and Winter reprise their roles from the 27-year-old movie would be a “moving story about their lives and where they are now – their families, their kids…” If done correctly, this movie could be so Station!