At Cannes today (yea, Cannes goes lowbrow) it was finally officially confirmed that Bill and Ted 3 is happening. Cue air guitars.
The movie, officially called Bill and Ted Face the Music, has been rumored and tossed around for years now, but it’s a full go now with the production company shopping international rights at Cannes, and Orion Pictures distributing in the U.S. Returning as screenwriters are the first two film’s creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Dean Parisot, who have us Galaxy Quest, will direct. And that screenplay is done, by the way. This isn’t some “they’re working on it” kind of thing. The movie is in pre-production. We should definitely see Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq. back on the big screen.
The plot goes a little something likes this:
When we last met Bill and Ted they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock and roll, middle age and the responsibilities of family have caught up with these two best friends who have not yet fulfilled their destiny. They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, Bill and Ted find much, much more than just a song.
The sad part here, of course, is that that traveler from the future can’t be Rufus since George Carling has passed away. Hopefully they get someone great to fill his shoes.
The press release also featured some quotes from everyone involved saying how “excellent” it is to be back in action. I feel that Alex Winter especially meant this considering the diverging careers he and Keanu Reeves have had since they first joined up as the Wild Stallions.