Bill and Ted
No one could ever claim that the 1980s was the first decade to address the theory of time travel. As any steam punk aficionado would be happy to share, HG Wells put the idea to paper damn near a century before Ronald Reagan took office. No one could even claim that the idea itself hasn’t gone back to the days of cave dwelling. If you can say that you wouldn’t go back in time to change at least once thing, you’re lying to yourself. For shame! All of that being said, when it comes to time travel, not many decades have done it as well as the 1980s. From The Terminator to Time Bandits to Back to the Future, and a dozen more, there are few silver screen flicks that bring back that sense of wonder, hope, and nostalgia that the 80s time traveling films carried along with them. Among those brilliant stories, and with no disrespect to Marty McFly, stand two of the most excellent dudes to ever surf the time stream: Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan – You may know them better by their band name, Wyld Stallyns. In case that still isn’t ringing any bells, here’s a quick refresher. (more…)
BOOM! Studios announced today that the duo behind the history-saving band, Wyld Stallyns alongside lead guitarists, Bill & Ted are coming back to the pages of comics in the forthcoming Bill & Ted Save The Universe. The creative team behind this new adventure is the same that gave us 2015’s Bill & Ted Go To Hell. This time, it’s not just history that’s at stake… it’s not just the world either. It’s the whole Universe. Whoa.
While an aging Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, stars of the Bill & Ted Franchise, have said time and time again that a 3rd movie is in development, time, relevance, and scripting out a worthy story, has kept the proposed threequel in stagnation. It’s been 25 years since Bill and Ted’s last cinematic outing (in 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey), a new movie that satisfies fans of the originals and appeals to modern audience becomes more and more audacious as the years go by. These challenges in congruity, however, only seem to apply to the Bill & Ted movie-verse. The characters themselves, are still around, thriving in their loveable stupidity and surfer-eques/wannabe rocker demeanor, at an annual stage show in Universal Studios Florida. (more…)
A cult phenomenon, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure has not lost any of its popularity since it was first released. Its sequel, released two years later, turns 25 in July of 2016, and fans have been clamouring for another instalment in the Wyld Stallyns’ adventures ever since. (more…)
Hey Cowboy Supreme! Get your cheddar hat on and put your ass in neutral, it’s time for the mother loving BastardCast starring Rickety John and the Uptown One Man Trio and they’re gonna tie a gutter snake around a rainbow and give effort to the task of wonderment, bitch! PLUS: The #TimeChallenge beings with round of 8. This week it’s Doctor Who vs Bill and Ted, YOU MAKE THE CALL.
On the show this week: (more…)
How’s this for a mash-up?
Bill and Ted travel to the land of Oz where they meet Gay Superman, the crew of the USS Enterprise, General Zod, Wreck-It Ralph, Amanda Bynes, and the ghost of late Glee star Cory Monteith (in the form of a tornado).
This could have been absurdly awesome–instead, the producers decided to go in another direction, and put on a show offensive to every moral, ethical, artistic, and simply HUMAN sensibility imaginable. (more…)
Just a few months back–in March, to be specific–we reported an assurance from Alex Winter (AKA: Bill S. Preston, esq.) that the long awaited third installment of the Bill & Ted series is indeed still in the works.
Now, apparently, there’s more: Keanu Reeves discussed the possible plot way back last August in an interview with GQ:
We have a nice story. We’ll see if anyone else wants to make it. One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: ‘Where is the song?’ The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us; refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.
Okay… I’d see that movie.
Since then it’s been revealed that Dean Parisot, director of Galaxy Quest, has been tapped to direct–then there was Winter’s remarks in March–but not a peep after that.
Not until Reeves’ appearance today at the TCA (Television Critics’ Association) press tour where the actor was promoting his new documentary Side By Side, scheduled to premiere on PBS this month. Here’s what Ted “Theodore” Logan had to say about the project:
There have been a couple of drafts [of a Bill & Ted 3 script] and right now we’re waiting on the writers to come up with another draft. But we’re all very excited.
Furthermore, Reeves said the team considered it important to find some way to honor the memory of legendary comedian and Bill & Ted co-star George Carlin, who passed away in 2008. Carlin, as you no doubt remember, played the duo’s time-traveling mentor Rufus in both films.
Carlin’s absence will indeed detract from the new film, and we certainly hope an appropriate way is found to give him his due (more on this soon–we hope!).
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.
Righteous news hit the Internet for Bill & Ted fans today with the word that Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot has been attached to direct the third installment in the Bill & Ted saga. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are already publicly attached to star in the script from the original Bill & Ted creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson.
The really good news, when one looks at situation as a whole, is that this will NOT be a reboot or remake like so many of the movies from some of our favorite franchises in the past couple of years. This production will look at where Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esq. are in their lives today.
Although MGM Pictures still holds the rights to the Bill & Ted franchise, word is that the production is being shopped around to other studios to co-finance the project. NerdBastards will let you know which studios join the production as word is leaked out.
Don’t get to excited though and run to get in line at the theater, Parisot still has to finish directing the sequel to the sleeper hit RED that starts shooting this spring. A couple of years ago when Alex Winters started tweeting about a third Bill & Ted movie this NerdBastard never thought it would get this far.
What do you think about the choice of Parisot for director? What are you looking for in a third Bill & Ted movie?
This NerdBastard wonders . . .
What are they gonna do about Rufus ? ? ?
It was just a year ago that everyone thought Keanu Reeves was just joking around about getting a new Bill and Ted movie into production. Now there is an actual script floating is said to be completed that both Keanu and Alex Winter are excited about.
Alex Tweeted about the script in response to a question by user @antmaurizio:
“@antmaurizio: Bill & Ted 3, less than 6 weeks away and counting? Movie is gonna kick some ass.” > Just got the script. And now to read…”
The reported premise of Bill & Ted 3 is as follows:
When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn’t happened… So they’ve now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there’s an element of time and they have to go back.
That was the one big thing left unanswered, what was the song and how did they come up with it? From the start Alex has had some definite ideas about what another movie must have:
We kicked around the idea over the years and had always thought if we could make something that was as kind of genuine in spirit as the originals and without falling prey to kind of retro cynicism or something that was unnecessary, it would be worth doing… The truth is that, yeah, we have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great.
With the death of George Carlin we won’t be seeing Rufus unless there is some movie magic done. I wouldn’t mind a quick cameo, but would rather see Rufus’s cousin or son or some related character instead of shots cut around old Carlin material. What do you think? Speaking of movie magic, someone needs to toss in a little CG correction on Alex Winters aged face. He looks like your moms vagina.