Remember that sequel to Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey that you first heard about a year or two ago? Wonder why you haven’t heard much about it since? (I know I have!)
Well, /Film got the answer while interviewing Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston, esq.–also known for his supporting role in The Lost Boys, and as creator of the short-lived, underrated MTV comedy series The Idiot Box) regarding his upcoming Napster documentary Downloaded, which will be premiering this week at the South By Southwest film festival (C’mon, like you’re gonna have a conversation with Alex Winter and NOT ask about Bill And Ted 3?): It seems there’s been no major hold-ups, obstacles, or setbacks. The problem is simply the nature of internet news. There was a time when the media wouldn’t learn that a film even existed until it was already well on it’s way to completion–or at least actually written and casted. Now movies are being discussed long before production begins–and we, the public, expect daily updates on a process that’s long, grueling, and largely uninteresting. Years can (and do) go by before anything of note occurs between the announcement that a movie is in the works, and the actual start of production.
Here’s what Winter told /Film:
Well the funny thing is 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. It’s really mundane to report the day-to-day process of trying to get a movie made. “Right now they’re doing a rewrite?” You know? That’s my news, “they are doing a rewrite.” That will take a while and then we will look at it and that might need another rewrite and that will be my next bit of news. So it’s just like… The short answer is it got leaked way too early. It got leaked just as we started, me and Keanu and Chris and Ed, the two writers just started to put it together. Then you’ve got the whole genesis of putting it together in front of you still, which is where we are at now.
When asked about the effect of the internet on how movie news is reported, Winter continued:
Well completely. I mean absolutely. There’s such a constant… The flow of information… The comprehension of how things work has not caught up with the flow of information. Do you know what I mean? So that often leads to confusion, because people are just like “Well I read about this four years ago” and I’m like “Well yeah, but it takes four to six years to get most of this stuff made.” It’s just where we are at, and look I don’t have any problem with the fact that it got leaked, because it’s nice that people are interested in talking about it. It’s not like you could complain that people are interested and we all feel kind of jazzed that people give a crap frankly. We’re just off trying to make sure that if we do it, it’s good.
We know that not only is Winter and co-star Keanu Reeves on board for the sequel, but Dean Parisot of Galaxy Quest fame is attached to direct. We’re anxiously awaiting something worth reporting on this project–beyond the fact that there’s nothing worth reporting yet.