Earlier this year, it was announced that Bill and Ted would definitely be headed back for an excellent adventure on the big screen, with stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan, respectively. Now, writer Ed Solomon has provided an update on the franchise's long-awaited third installment, Bill & Ted Face the Music.
Last night at the Austin Film Festival, Solomon attended a screening of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and stuck around to answer a few questions from the crowd, which included SYFY WIRE.
When talking about the upcoming Face the Music, Solomon, who co-wrote the first two installments with Chris Matheson, explained that they wanted to make sure the third film was true to the characters, which included getting input from Winter and Reeves.
"We wanted to get the story right, something we could all four get behind creatively," Solomon told the crowd. "We did it in partnership with Alex and Keanu, in that they were there for the original brainstorming, then they read drafts and gave notes and have been involved at literally every step. That was more than 10 years ago that we started. We’ve done rewrites over the years, too."
Solomon also shared an anecdote about when he and Matheson were first writing Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure back in the early/mid-1980s, and how that moment influenced their third script.
"I remember when we were writing it, we were looking across the table from one another, and we [said] 'Dude, if we’re, like, 30 and we’re writing Bill & Ted, wouldn’t that be pathetic?' Now, we're in our 50s and we’re writing a third Bill & Ted movie and we’re having the most fun. In fact, it’s more than fun, it’s been quite memorable and weirdly moving."
Solomon also said that it was important that Face the Music be true to the spirit of the first two films. "We don’t want to do it as a cynical movie, we only want to do this if there’s a reason to tell the story. These characters mean too much to all of us. We have a script that we’re really proud of," said Solomon, who explained that "we don’t have an official start date, but it should be pretty soon. [And] we do have a release date."
Though the two characters haven't been seen on screen since 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Solomon said that returning to their world was almost second nature.
"I’m really proud of the script. It’s absurd, it’s fun, it was fun to write, and also we’re older. I’m older. So, it’s about different things. They have daughters, who are a big part of the story. Really, we aged with them. It didn’t feel like a stretch at all."