So far all of the news we’ve gotten about the development of a third Bill & Ted film has come from the franchise’s Bill S. Preston, Esquire, Alex Winter, so it’s about time that the other half of the equation, its Ted Theodore Logan, Keanu Reeves, got into the beans spilling game. The last we heard about the potential project, Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot had been attached to helm, but the film, which was written on spec, still hadn’t found funding.
Well, that’s still where we’re at as far as development goes, but recently Reeves talked to GQ (via Movies.com) about the project, and he managed to give us a better idea of what the script Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson wrote is all about. We already knew that the film would involve an aging Bill and Ted who are still trying to get their Wyld Stallyns thing together, but Reeves explains exactly where the duo is at as far as their music career is concerned: “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.”
So, it sounds like this new Bill & Ted is going to be taking the franchise back to its roots by involving lots of time travel, and even adding some wrinkles into the equation by further exploring the concept of alternate timelines. Getting to not only see Winter and Reeves once again portray the absent-minded rockers, but actually see them portray several different versions of the characters should be a treat for fans who have been without a Bill & Ted movie for over twenty years now.
Apparently GQ didn’t think to ask Reeves if when he was referring to the future usses he meant human usses or robot usses though, so we might have to wait for Winter to give up some information about that. Also, there’s the question of what ever happened to Station…