With many sequels of beloved movies from the ’80s in the works, including Gremlins 3 and Ghostbusters 3, you can add to that list Bill & Ted 3. It’s been 21 years since Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey hit theaters, and many people are still wondering when the third movie will be made. A few months ago, it was leaked that Bill & Ted writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson were working on a script for the third film and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was attached to direct. So what’s the current situation?
In an interview with /Film.com, Alex Winter — who played Bill S. Preston, Esq. in the Bill & Ted movies — talked about the development and progress of the upcoming third film, Bill & Ted 3. Winter explained:
Well the funny thing is there really isn’t a hold up. Nothing held it up other than it got leaked really early in the process, so these things take a shitload of time to get bobbed around and we are really just in the process. It’s really mundane to report the day-to-day process of trying to get a movie made. ‘Right now they’re doing a rewrite?’ You know? That’s my news, ‘they are doing a rewrite.’ That will take a while and then we will look at it and that might need another rewrite and that will be my next bit of news. So it’s just like… The short answer is it got leaked way too early. It got leaked just as we started, me and Keanu and Chris and Ed, the two writers just started to put it together. Then you’ve got the whole genesis of putting it together in front of you still, which is where we are at now.
Since Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Alex Winter has spent most of his time behind the camera as a director. His documentary, Downloaded, about the history of the peer-to-peer file-sharing network Napster, is premiering that this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Winter’s directorial feature film debut was back in 1993 with the film Freaked, in which he was also the film’s lead.
There is still not much known about the plot of Bill & Ted 3, but it appears it would follow a middle-aged Bill & Ted still trying to write the greatest rock song of all-time. It will be interesting to see Bill S. Preston, Esq. & Ted “Theodore” Logan back in the pop culture limelight. It’s been far too long since America rocked out to Wyld Stallyns!