A third film in the Bill & Ted universe (and what a wild and weird universe it is) has been in the works for what seems like a time-travelled eternity. In a business that’s built on known properties and nostalgia, it would seem that the franchise held up by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey would be rushing a long-gestating follow-up out the door and into the waiting gullet of the internet’s Keanu Reeves thirst. But it’s been a bit more complicated than that. However, Reeves and co-star Alex Winter are excited about the film’s rapidly solidifying timeline.
Talking with EW, the duo and the OG writers discuss the proposed sequel -- tentatively titled Bill & Ted Face the Music -- three decades after the last film. Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon reunited with Reeves and Winter back in 2007. “Chris and Ed came to us in 2007 with the idea of doing it,” Reeves said, “They pitched us an idea. It sounded great.” That was a decade-and-change ago.
The proposed script involved the aftermath of the promises told by Rufus (George Carlin). There’s a promised utopia and Matheson says, “Now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it. Now they’re married, and it affects their marriages, and it affects their relationships with their kids, and it affects their everything.” Disappointment and fear permeate this middle-aged adventure. “I think it’s kind of like A Christmas Carol with Bill and Ted,” Solomon said. “Looking at their lives, and really kind of rediscovering what they’re about.”
Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot has been attached for a while as director on the project, and Logan Lucky's Steven Soderbergh and original producer Scott Kroopf are on board to produce. All that’s missing is a little bit more cash. “We are hoping to close a deal with some financiers,” Solomon said. “Hopefully within the next month or so, we’ll have news that will stick.”
So it sounds like the the film is as close to becoming reality as it's been, slowly inching its way out of bogus development hell, with its aged (but still awesome) head held high.