I’ve got to admit that the first time I heard about Keanu Reeves and director Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, I was not excited. I imagined a horrific merging of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure with Matrix like slow-mo action scenes all with a wooden Reeves stomping around issuing Samurai platitudes like cheap stale fortune cookies. Then I got a look at the trailer. (more…)
The potential for a third Bill & Ted flick has been in and out of the spotlight in recent years, sometimes moving forward and at other times falling off the grid. Though everyone involved seems to want to get it done, it’s still having troubles. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are both on board, the script is done and a director is attached. But lately, months and months of nothing. So what’s going on there, Mr. Reeves? In a recent interview, he had a few things to say about it:
“It’s a long story. There’s lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories. There’s a whole thing… I might have to do one of those independent press, conspiracy, other-name kind of [statements] explaining why it hasn’t happened yet, because it’s pretty dark out there.
“…there is [a script]. There’s all sorts of stuff and it just can’t — it’s just — there’s darkness out there that’s keeping it from happening.
It’s not winning right now. It’s that part of the story where it’s looking grim. It’s the dark period of the idea!”
Wait… what the fk did he just say? Once again Keanu Reeves proves his mastery of words. So the movie has been delayed by some sort of unnamable force and that’s all anyone can say about it. Until we know more, just write this one off as a “probably never going to happen”.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
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!).
There’s a new trailer out for Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves and I’ve got to be up front with you, I went into this trailer with every intention of mocking the hell out of this movie, Reeves, and anything else I could find. I was already merrily writing savagely witty banter in my head.
The first issue I was sure I was going to mock, about Keanu not being Asian got blown out of the water with the half-breed status of his character. Slowly, as the trailer progressed, everything I thought was going to be fertile ground for tom-foolery sprouted fantastic special effects and wonderful costuming.
I’m still concerned about Reeves patented stiff manner of delivering lines, but now I am willing to give this movie a chance. Even with all the reported delays and re-shoots. It looks like a lot of fun.
47 Ronin hits theater screens December 25th starring Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost,The Wolverine), and Rick Genest known as “Zombie Boy.”
The International trailer for Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi has hit the Internet. The movie opens stateside sometime later this year. Reeves plays the controller of a Beijing underground fight-to-the-death club who brings in a skilled tai chi practitioner (Tiger Hu Chen, Reeves’ Matrix stuntman and trainer) to fight in his deadly martial arts fighting circus . . . wait, circus(?) . . . I mean circuit.
I went into this thinking I wouldn’t be interested, but after checking out the trailer I think I might just buy a theater ticket. The fight scenes look crisp and interesting and the slippery slope that Chen’s character is put on should provide some entertaining drama.
What do you think?
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The news keeps rolling out about the third film in the Bill & Ted franchise. Keanu Reeves talked with GQ and said this about the plot details for Bill & Ted III:
“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.
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.”
What do you think about that? It could work out, there’s a lot of material in that search for the greatest song. The movie still needs financing and a studio to produce the film so perhaps this is an attempt by Keanu to hype up the fan base and garner interest from studios. If that’s the case then expect some more info to come out in the days to come.
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 ? ? ?