Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves — Bill S. Preston and Ted “Theodore” Logan, respectively — have been talking about a sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure for the better part of two decades. It’s something seemingly every junket reporter asks them about, and to their credit, they have always been incredibly patient with those questions. In fact, they’ve both been supportive of a sequel, and at least once a year, Keanu or Alex will stoke the flames by teasing that possibility once again.
Yesterday, Alex Winters — who was out promoting his movie Grand Piano (out on VOD) — gave more than lip service to the idea of a Bill & Ted’s sequel. He gave some details about the screenplay (which is finished), and more importantly, provided us with some real insight into the process.
“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up,” Winter tells us. “It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny.
“But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”
“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie,” he continues. “[It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”
Winter also talked about their struggles with getting the movie put together, and how frustrating it is “for the fans” to have to see the protracted process play out. But Winters, Reeves, and the two screenwriters, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomonm have remained close over the years, kicking around ideas over occasional dinners.
“It was really just the four of us and we were really very measured about it. It took time to construct the idea, it took Chris and Ed time to build the first draft. Then we put a producer together and got a director [Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot]. We’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years. The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific. We’re in that world where producers are on, financiers are on and we’re just working and reworking the script.”
It’s coming, guys. Keanu Reeves is 50 years old, and George Carlin has passed away, and nobody born after 1990 has any idea who Diane Franklin is, but Bill & Ted’s 3 is coming, and given how excited Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are to make the movie — not just because they want to cash in, but because they both have a lot of affection for the franchise — I personally cannot wait.