Bill & Ted have had so much trouble getting back together for a third romp through time that it almost feels silly looking back to their rocky beginnings. At least Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure happened, even if it was very different in its first iteration. Now, who knows what the future of the Wyld Stallyns holds? But as for their past, well, the duo of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves almost had a very different movie on their hands back in 1989.
These revelations, which involve a title change and tons of plotting differences, come thanks to notes from screenwriters Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, which Solomon posted on Twitter after being prompted by a shout-out from a Reeves birthday post.
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Thanks to some analysis and transcription from Mashable, we’ve got a better handle on what the duo’s spec script was originally going for (and what we’re so glad it changed into). Originally titled Bill and Ted's Time Van, the film was going to be much more of a movie about Bill and Ted creating history rather than being a Time Bandits-esque story of rampaging through history with only good vibes keeping them on track.
One of these creations would have been no less than the death of Caesar himself (accidentally, of course). The friends would then give his speech to the senate and go on to sink the Titanic, party with cavemen, and meet one very smart dog. So, a lot more "throw history at a subculture of teens and see what sticks." But that's a (pre) first-draft for you.
Oh, and also Hitler. Hitler was going to be there, befriending one of their classmates (a la Napoleon in the final film). That was probably a good change.
And, perhaps the most outrageous change of all: no Circle K. Just a 7-11. Heresy. That the pair also travel back in a Back to the Future-style way also merited a solid (and memorable) change. Can you find anything in these historic notes that we missed?