Bill and Ted 3
John Wick: Chapter 2 opened with a very respectable third place finish of $30 million this past weekend at the very competitive box office. That likely all but assures a third chapter for the unretired retired assassin, but are there any other Keanu Reeves franchises out there waiting to get a third chapter greenlit? It started about 30 years ago, when two California dudes piled into a time travelling phone box (a different time travelling phone box) in an effort to save their history grade and the future of mankind, but three decades later, according to Reeves, things may be completely different, but kinda the same. (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!).
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.
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The Bill and Ted movies are nostalgic 80’s films that touch our nerdy taints in ways no other 80’s movies can. Time travel, bodacious music, narly dim witted dudes, George Carlin, the grim reaper, Station and “The babes”. Man, that shit never gets old. The rewatchability of these middle brow comedies are extremely high. Toss me a bowl and some munchies and I’m like “Wyld Stallyns!!!”. Anyway, us nerdy stoners have clamored for a third installment for years. And, for years both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter (Bill and Ted) have teased at the idea at doing another one. It was the launching pad for both their careers, so of course the idea of going back to their roots has been an appealing one. Nostalgia is one thing, but to actually start considering a 3rd movie? Well, that’s exactly what these two have in mind. Some serious talk between the two has started to emerge. Recently, Keanu Reeves said during the Toronto Film Festival: “I’d love to play the role, I’d love to work with Alex [Winter] and [writers] Chris and Ed again, we’ll see what they do”. That off hand comment certainly got the net speaking, but it at the end of the day wasn’t really a sign that a 3rd movie was moving forward.
But, NOW Alex Winter says there is indeed an idea in play for a third film. And, not just an idea, but that a script is underway…RIGHT NOW!
Alex “I Look Like I Smelled a Fart” Winter said to MTV,
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. We’ve been working on it for the past couple of years, honing that idea and getting it into shape.
Ahhhh, did you hear that? Bill and Ted 3: The Radical Quest for More Money (I just made that title up) is underway!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!
I’m really interested to see what kind of story the quartet (Reeves, Winters, and writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon) have in mind. Bill and Ted have been to the future, been to the past. They’ve been to heaven and they’ve been to hell. Where do they go from here? On our 24th podcast we asked this very question and podcast contributor Christine Foley suggested that maybe Bill and Ted’s kids are grown up, and are lame. Nothing like their fathers. Bill and Ted need to take them through time to show them Rock and Roll and what it means to be a dude. Besides that, I really don’t see what else Bill and Ted could do. I also have concern that Bill and Ted is a movie that worked well in it’s day and might have trouble recapturing it’s same zainy, comedic spirit. Regardless, I’m sure the move to go forward with Bill and Ted 3 will no longer make Keanu Reeves sad. And, also maybe wipe that sour look off Alex Winters face.