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 ? ? ?
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