Two months ago, the writer of Bill & Ted, Ed Solomon, unveiled he was working on a third installment about the gnarly time-traveling duo and even had a title for the possible movie. Now it seems like a brand new Bill & Ted movie is actually happening! The film’s stars, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, gave an interview on Entertainment Weekly, where they said they would be interested in returning as their righteous characters in Bill & Ted 3.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure debuted in theaters on February 17, 1989. And once again, strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Finally! The title of the third installment will be Bill & Ted Face the Music. The premise is that Bill and Ted are now in their 50s and struggling to deal with not accomplishing their great goal. “You’re told you’re gonna save the world. And now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it,” says Solomon’s creative partner Chris Matheson. “Now they’re married, and it affects their marriages, and it affects their relationships with their kids, and it affects their everything.” “I think it’s kind of like A Christmas Carol with Bill and Ted,” says Solomon. “Looking at their lives, and really kind of rediscovering what they’re about.”
Their mentor Rufus (George Carlin – RIP) told the younger Bill and Ted that they would write music that would turn the world into a utopia at the end of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. “Indomitable spirits confronted with, ‘Is this the end?’” Reeves says. “Of course, there is a little caveat in that someone comes from the future and says: ‘Not only do you have to save the world, you have to save everything.’”
“I love the characters so much — who they are, the spirit of their voice that Chris and Ed have given [them],” adds Reeves. “You can’t go wrong with: ‘Be excellent to each other.’ And: ‘Party on!’ I mean, it might actually be the beginning, one of the first examples of contemporary modern apocalyptic art.”
According to Solomon, it sounds that Bill & Ted 3 is actually happening. “We are hoping to close a deal with some financiers,” said Solomon. “Hopefully within the next month or so, we’ll have news that will stick.” Dean Parisot, who directed Galaxy Quest, will helm B&T3, and Steven Soderbergh will produce. Joining Keanu and Winter is Bill Sadler, who will return to play Death. “And a few delicious cameos by people to be named another time,” Solomon teased.