It’s kind of hard to believe that Bill & Ted III is happening. Given that it’s been over 20 years since the last Bill & Ted outing, I would have figured that any return to that particular well would involve an outright reboot. Sure, part of the fun of the Bill & Ted movies was in the lovable-doofus performances of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, but Hollywood clearly has no problem remaking properties that relied on a very specific combination of talents. But, against all odds, a Bill & Ted III is in the works, and both original leads are involved. Now word comes that another iconic character from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey may be returning to the time-traveling phone booth. After all, you might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later, you dance with the Reaper.
Yes, actor William Sadler may be returning as death incarnate, and part-time bass player, the Grim Reaper. He appeared in Bogus Journey back in 1991, initially challenging Bill & Ted for the rights to their souls, only to be defeated at Battleship, Clue, and Twister. He eventually joined up with the duo, won over by Bill & Ted’s charm and the irresistible power of rock and roll.
Sadler told MovieWeb that the Reaper may indeed return for the third film:
I’m not sure if it’s a done deal yet. I know they’re trying to write The Grim Reaper in. (Writer-star) Alex (Winter) said, ‘How could we do this without the Reaper?’ I’m hopeful. I’d love to go back and play with those guys again. That was one of the most fun roles I’ve done. I’ll be there in a heartbeat, if they want to do it.
Of course, the new Bill & Ted hasn’t officially been given the green light by a studio yet, so this is all just speculation and wishful thinking at the moment. Still, if we are going to join Bill & Ted on another adventure it would be great to have the Reaper along for the ride. Maybe it will help distract us from the depressing absence of George Carlin as Rufus…