It seems like time is traveling quickly for the Bill & Ted 3 project. Last week, it was reported that Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot would helm the new sequel. Now, Keanu Reeves may have revealed some plot details for the third movie. Possible spoilers ahead.
In an interview with GQ, while promoting his documentary Side By Side, Reeves revealed:
One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: ‘Where is the song?’ The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us’ refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.
It’s been over twenty years since Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991, so it’s no wonder the world might be annoyed that Bill & Ted have failed to fulfill their destinies as rock gods and world heroes. The sequel was previously described as a comedy in the vein of Hot Tub Time Machine. From these latest comments it sounds like the new Bill & Ted will also be entering Back to the Future 2 territory, with Bill & Ted journeying through not just time, but multiple variant timelines. Maybe they’ll even have a timeline where people still know what a phone booth is.
Another thing worth noting is that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will apparently be playing older versions of Bill & Ted, which makes sense considering that both actors are now in their forties. Presumably we’ll see de-aged versions of the duo, similar to what they did with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in X-Men: The Last Stand (and hopefully in a better movie).
Whatever the final script will be, it’s good to see that Bill S. Preston, Esq. & Ted “Theodore” Logan are back in the pop culture limelight after a 20-year hiatus. It’s even better seeing Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter returning to their iconic roles.