More than a year ago, Keanu Reeves revealed that a long-awaited sequel to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was in the works. Reeves’ co-star, Alex Winter, and the original writers, Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon, are all on-board working on a script for Bill & Ted 3. One year later and the sequel film is still in development with no signs of progress. Will Bill & Ted ever see the light from the Circle K again?
In an interview with MTV, Reeves, who played Ted “Theodore” Logan in the film series, updated fans on Bill & Ted 3‘s development and what to expect from the third installment of the franchise. Apparently, the project is currently shrouded in “darkness.” Here’s Reeves:
It’s a long story. There’s lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories. There’s a whole thing… I might have to do one of those independent press, conspiracy, other-name kind of [statements] explaining why it hasn’t happened yet, because it’s pretty dark out there… There is [a script]. There’s all sorts of stuff and it just can’t — it’s just — there’s darkness out there that’s keeping it from happening… It’s that part of the story where it’s looking grim. It’s the dark period of the idea!
A few months ago, Alex Winter, who played Bill S. Preston, Esquire — and who is now a film director — talked to /Film about the progress of Bill & Ted 3. According to Winter, “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.”
The bottom line is that there is at least a script for Bill & Ted 3, so hopefully it’s only a matter of time before the production gets underway. It’s been more than 20 years since the release of Bogus Journey in 1991, so there has been a lot of fan anticipation and excitement for Bill & Ted 3. It would be a shame if the Bill & Ted sequel were to become the next Ghostbusters 3, a project that has remained in development hell for years and will most likely never be made. At this point, it seems like Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman are the only two people in the world who want to get Ghostbusters 3 on the big screen.
Last Month, Reeves said the new movie would honor the memory of comedian George Carlin, who played Bill & Ted’s mentor, Rufus. Carlin died of heart failure at age 71 in 2008.
In an interview with GQ last year, Keanu Reeves also revealed a few plot details about Bill & Ted 3, which would follow Bill & Ted 20 years later, still trying to write the world’s greatest song. The best buds would once again travel through history, time, and alternate universes to meet other versions of themselves who have also failed to write the world’s greatest song. Reeves described the film as being closer to Hot Tub Time Machine, in terms of comedy.
Both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are now in their late 40s, so it will be interesting to see them 20 years older, playing the same roles. MGM owns the rights to Bill & Ted, after Orion Pictures folded in 1998. We recommend tempering your expectations until Bill & Ted 3 is officially announced.
Until then, be excellent to each other. And party on DUDES!