We all got most triumphantly excited when Keanu Reeves seemingly confirmed that a third installment of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is in the works, during his appearance at New York Comic Con last October.
But despite this excellent news, it seems as though the team behind the time-traveling high-school buds has been having some issues making the project materialize.
In a new interview with Digital Spy, writer Ed Solomon (who created the characters and wrote the first two movies with Chris Matheson) has revealed the most bogus reason why the third film, Bill & Ted Face the Music, has stalled: because movie studios aren't so eager to put forward the cash, unless it’s a reboot with a younger cast involved.
"We are having issues raising money for it, getting it financed, because what we get all the time – all the time – is people wanting to reboot it,” Solomon tells the site. "It's 'Let's do Bill & Ted with new teenagers', but what we wanna do is the story of Bill and Ted as middle-aged men, and tell what we think could be a really funny, and actually really moving, story about their lives and where they are now – their families, their kids..."
Unfortunately, it doesn’t help that the first two movies, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), didn’t have huge theater releases internationally, and the franchise is seen as something that’s grown over time, in Solomon’s opinion.
This is all making us feel very sad and totally non-triumphant, because Solomon has revealed what sounds like an awesome plot, as well as plans to pay tribute to George Carlin, who died in 2008. Carlin, of course, played the telephone box time-traveler Rufus, and Solomon has confirmed that they address the loss of the character in the script.
“There is a... not just an homage to him, it's more than that. His absence is a part of the whole movie,” Solomon adds. There is even a new character called Kelly, which is the name of Carlin’s daughter.
Last October, Reeves described the movie as being “a cautionary tale,” catching up with a middle-aged Bill & Ted who were once supposed to save the world but have instead gotten married and had children with their wives, all while still holding onto their rock’n’roll dreams. Until, that is, as Reeves explained, the time comes for them to time-travel again, and it’s their chance to “face the music” and write a song to save the world.
Meanwhile, Solomon tells Digital Spy that besides the original gang of himself, Matheson, Reeves, and star Alex Winter, they also have Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot onboard to helm the project, and producer Steven Soderbergh. Sounds like a winning team, and one that is ready to party on!
What do you about another Bill & Ted Face the Music getting made? Heinous or triumphant… let us know your thoughts in the comments below.