We deal with a lot of would-be projects around these parts, with films that should have been made already but still have too much going against them. The pick of that litter, to me, is a third Bill & Ted movie, which has moved from the rumor mill into the realm of the realistic possibility, but hasn’t really gone anywhere from there. And while we sadly aren’t announcing that the film is going into production or anything, Alex “Bill S. Preston Esquire” Winter has come out with a few details about the script that makes the wait to get this made even more agonizing.
“There’s many version of ourselves in this movie,” Winter shared with Yahoo! UK while promoting the taut thriller Grand Piano. This fits right in with the series already, as we’ve seen different versions of future Bill & Ted, evil Bill & Ted, and even robot Bill & Ted. At one point, it was said that the script followed the bumbling heroes as they tried to write the world’s greatest song with their band Wyld Stallyns—air guitar riff—but Winter doesn’t mention that here. (Maybe they finally listened to Tenacious D’s “Tribute” and backed off.)
“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?” he went on. It’s been 23 years since the last movie, and will probably be a few more before this thing gets into motion, so maybe they’ll have to up the ante on the time difference. (Plus, where are there trees with bulbs on them after Christmas?)
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?”
Wait, you’re telling me these guys didn’t save the world? They have beards though.
Honestly, I’d watch these characters in almost any situation imaginable, even if it was some shitty SNL script that saw them having to raise enough money so that some problematic situation doesn’t happen to one of their grandmothers. (Or possibly to Bill’s dad’s latest girlfriend, who is presumably younger than the actors were when the filmed the first movie.) Maybe they can make a meta-movie where the actors are trying to raise enough money to make Bill & Ted 3, and that makes them enough money to actually make the movie. Brain. Hurt.
What other versions of Bill & Ted do you hope they run into?