The last time Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter got together for a Bill & Ted movie was way back in 1991 for the sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
In the ensuing 28 years, there has been much speculation about and a strong desire from fans for Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan to reunite for a third adventure.
Back in 2012, it was revealed that the original writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, had already submitted a script for a third film. Keanu Reeves had seen it and talked about it a little bit in an interview with GQ.
One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: “Where is the song?” The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future “us” refuses to tell us, and another future “us” blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.
And then, after that… nothing. Nothing happened… for six years.
Fast forward a little over a year and the third film, titled Bill and Ted Face the Music, was finally made official.
And on July 1, production on Bill and Ted Face the Music finally, at long last, began.
Are you ready for a clean-shaven Keanu Reeves? Because, boom…
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According to Reeves, Bill & Ted 3 will be set about 25 years after the last movie and are warned by someone from the future that they still need to write the song that was supposed to unite the world and bring peace, but still haven’t written.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” Keanu told Stephen Colbert in December. “And you’ve got your family now, but you’re still trying to write the song because you have to save the world. But then the future comes to them and says you have to save the universe and you have to write the song in like 80 minutes.”
Bill and Ted Face the Music is scheduled for release on August 21, 2020.