At long last, Bill & Ted 3 is officially coming to life, with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter confirmed to return.
Bill & Ted 3 has finally overcome the most heinous of dilatory hurdles! While the belated threequel project – brandishing the title Bill & Ted Face the Music – has languished in the purgatory of the project pipeline for the better part of three decades, it just took its biggest step, soliciting sales at the Cannes Film Festival. The carrot that’s being dangled to would-be benefactors? The confirmed return of stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter! – Excellent! **Air Guitars**
Bill & Ted Face the Music is now in pre-production and has been put on the project market by studio Bloom, which has officially announced crucial details about this long-awaited sequel to 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey; firstly, its returning stars Keanu Reeves’s Ted “Theodore” Logan and Alex Winter’s Bill S. Preston Esq.
With that, the film’s official story synopsis confirms what’s been hinted for several years about the unfortunate state of inertia afflicting would-be Rock and Roll saviors Bill and Ted.
“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 deal that brought the project to life – negotiated by Endeavor Content – will see the latest offering from the MGM-owned property manifest under the original Orion Pictures banner (which MGM revived in 2013 after a late-1990s bankruptcy).
Dean Parisot will pilot this proverbial phone booth time machine, announced as director of Bill & Ted Face the Music. Parisot, known from television work, most recently with Good Girls, Santa Clarita Diet, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Justified, also fielded films such as RED 2 and Fun with Dick and Jane (the Jim Carrey remake). However, he also claims credit for directing the beloved 1999 Star Trek/sci-fi spoof classic, Galaxy Quest; a credit that, in its own right, makes Parisot an exciting choice here. Parisot will work off a script from the original franchise creators, Chris Matheson (Imagine That) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Mosaic, Now You See Me).
On the selection of the Bill & Ted Face the Music creative team, the dynamic duo of Reeves and Winter collectively express in a statement:
“We couldn’t be more excited to get the whole band back together again. Chris and Ed wrote an amazing script, and with Dean at the helm we’ve got a dream team!”
Also onboard for Bill & Ted Face the Music is producer Scott Kroopf (Limitless) who’s joined in that capacity by Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios. Steven Soderbergh will serve as an executive producer alongside Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr., and John Santilli.
This film will be a happy homecoming for Keanu Reeves, who since his Bill & Ted days, has become an action movie icon, with classics like Point Break, Speed and The Matrix Trilogy; a notion that’s been reaffirmed in recent years with the successful John Wick films. – The same goes for Alex Winter, whose career took a different trajectory, acting sparsely, transitioning to directing for TV movie Quantum is Calling, sci-fi comedy Smosh: The Movie, as well as TV shows such as Supah Ninjas, Level Up and Blue Mountain State, as well as some documentaries.
Bill & Ted Face the Music has yet to schedule a release date, but it appears to be on the verge of sustaining itself financially the same way that Napoleon dominates family style ice cream servings.