Bill & Ted 4 sounds like it could never happen. It took almost thirty years for Alex Winter’s Bill and Keanu Reeves’ Ted to make their return with this year’s Bill & Ted Face the Music, but if a new rumor is to be believed, fans might not have to wait quite as long for the return Wyld Stallyns.
In a report from an unnamed source on We Got This Covered, Reeves and Winter are supposedly planning to return to the roles of Bill and Ted in the as-yet-unannounced Bill & Ted 4. On one hand, the idea of a third film had been highly anticipated for years until it became a reality, so there’s almost certainly a demand for a fourth film. On the other hand, there’s really no other confirmation that Winter and Reeves are returning – let alone any rumblings of a fourth film – beyond this uncertain source.
The idea of Bill & Ted 4 also flies against what the creators of Bill and Ted have stated their intentions are with these characters. In an interview with ComicBook, the writers of the Bill and Ted trilogy, Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, stated that with the release of Bill & Ted Face the Music, the story they set out to tell is now completed. Solomon stated, “We’re good to stand down at this point, and so we told the Bill and Ted story, and it’s complete, I think.” Matheson said, “Three is the magic number, I think. Beginning, middle, and end.” Matheson concluded, “This is the end.”
In case you have yet to see Bill and Ted Face the Music, (our review called it a fitting finale to the series), the film concludes with Bill and Ted finally uniting the world through song after decades of trying to write the song that would save mankind. To do this, the film goes back and forward through time and space, uniting all people, and forming a band that includes Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, and Kid Cudi.
Yet most important – and maybe most important to the possibility of Bill & Ted 4 – is the help Bill and Ted received from their two daughters. Billie Logan (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea Preston (Samara Weaving) are arguably just as important to Bill & Ted Face the Music as, well, Bill and Ted. Their own adventures help save their fathers and the world, and Lundy-Paine and Weaving are most excellent playing these characters that live up to their father’s legacy. If there is any future to Bill & Ted as a franchise and a Bill & Ted 4, it would be even more likely that the series will be led by Lundy-Paine and Weaving, with the possibility of cameos by Reeves and Winter.
Considering how busy both Winter and Reeves are, it also seems unlikely it would be easy to get them back together for Bill & Ted 4. Winter has been quite busy as a documentarian in recent years and has a new documentary about Frank Zappa, simply titled Zappa, coming out later this year.
Meanwhile, Reeves’ next few years seem to be pretty spoken for and fitting in Bill & Ted 4 would be tough. Reeves is currently reprising another of his iconic roles with The Matrix 4, which is filming now for a 2022 release. Of course, John Wick isn’t done killing yet, so John Wick: Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 are also on the horizon, with Chapter 4 also planned for 2022. Reeves also has been announced for Rally Car, is rumored for the film Past Midnight, and will be starring in the TV mini-series Rain. He’ll next be seen in the video game Cyberpunk 2077, where he’ll play yet another character named John, Johnny Silverhand.