Some may consider it a blasphemy and others may be jumping in their seats with joy, but whatever your opinion on the upcoming third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise, it looks to be moving steadily along toward completion. We already know a few details about what to expect, such as the fact that they won’t be trying to make the 40-something-year-old actors look like they’re teenagers again. Now, Alex Winter has been talking to Yahoo! UK and revealing a few more tidbits. Scroll on for some most excellent information about Bill & Ted 3. (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 ? ? ?
After more than 20 years off the screen, it looks like Bill & Ted may be coming back for another round of attempting to save the world by traveling through time. The latest rumors appear to be more than just rumors, as both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter (that’s the other guy) have been commenting that the script for Bill & Ted 3 is done and looks good.
Bill & Ted’s adventures started Excellent in 1989 and turned Bogus in 1991, with some added storyline coming in the form of an animated series, a horrible live-action television show (sans Reeves and Winter) and a comic book. The latest addition will turn the franchise into a trilogy, where it will join the ranks of such classics as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Oh wait… those are all screwed up now, aren’t they?
Well, regardless of how many films make a trilogy, the question still remains whether these two 40-something actors can bring back the old magic and produce a flick that is going to do more than just make people ill.
The new movie’s plot appears to revolve around finishing the original story by having Bill & Ted write the fabled song that will end up saving the world. What they save the world from remains to be seen. One can only hope that they’re not attempting to save it from this film, as they would be a tad too late.
Both actors have expressed interest in doing a third film, though only if the script was acceptable. Winter isn’t doing much else these days, so it’s understandable that he’d give the green light. And Reeves? Well, how good does a script have to be for him to jump on board?
Despite the thumbs up from the Excellent duo, there still remains the possibility that this potential abortion never makes it to production. Seriously, how many people want to see two middle-aged dudes acting borderline mentally handicapped while attempting to save the world? Oh wait, that’s most of the movie-viewing audience in America, isn’t it? If Bruce Willis can make 47 Die Hard films, Reeves and Winter certainly deserve a chance to try their hands at another B&T extravaganza.
On the plus side for Reeves, this may be his big chance to finally win that Oscar, reprising the role that made him a household name and, as a result, tolerable enough to be cast in dozens of other films. Or maybe not.
*EDITORS NOTE: Special thanks to Nerd Bastards contributor Jason McAnelly for covering today’s “Most Excellent” news.
Alex Winter is a very busy man since his stint as the popular Bill S. Preston Esq. in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He’s gone on to be a part of the behind the scenes of filming and has since become a well respected director, who knew? Deadline reported that the actor-turned director has been trying for some time to make a narrative film about Napster for 10 years, and it’s finally moving forward on the project with the help of VH1.
Winter originally inked the deal with Paramount’s MTV Films and even wrote a script to go along with it, but then The Social Network was released and the project was kicked to the curb in favour of Mark Zuckerburg and his Facebook. Instead of just throwing in his hat and calling it a lost cause, Winter is now going back to all the sources for his script, armed with a camera.
Here is what Winter had to say:
“The rise and fall of Napster and the birth of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology created by Shawn Fanning when he was a college student, changed music to movies, and made possible everything from Julian Assange, WikiLeaks to the iPod and Facebook…It became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work. And it is a fascinating human story, where this 18-year-old kid invents a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, and brings it to the world six months later.”
Now that does sound exciting but Winter’s also spoke about the reborn interest in a new Bill & Ted feature that`s underway. Alex said that he and Keanu Reeves have a Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure sequel script by original scribes Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and stated “it’s early days on that project.” This just can’t come soon enough but if this is only in the èarly days and Alex is working on his Napster documentary then this could mean that another Bill & Ted movie could be years away. If only we had a phone booth.
Via: Geek Tyrant