Over two decades have passed since the second film in the “Bill and Ted” series, but fans are still keen to hear anything they can about a third film starring a now more mature Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter).
Much like “Ghostbusters 3” and “Zoolander 2,” there’s been talk of a “Bill & Ted 3” picking up steam in recent years even if there’s been little actual movement. Recently, Alex Winter spoke to Yahoo and confirmed reports about the general storyline:
“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up. It’s really sweet and really f—–g 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?
There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie. [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.”
The stalling on the film is not for a lack of trying behind-the-scenes. Both actors, plus scribes Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, have been pulling things together over the years:
“The thing we had going against us is that word got out. That was kind of a bummer. It just takes a long time to put a movie together. Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad the fans have to get dragged through this long, boring, protracted process.
I guess about four years ago we had an idea together that we thought was pretty great. It took time to construct the idea, it took Chris and Ed time to build the first draft. Then we put a producer together and got a director (Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot). We’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years.
The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific. We’re in that world where producers are on, financiers are on and we’re just working and reworking the script.”
For now there’s no word on when the next ‘Excellent Adventure’ will hit cinemas.