Chris Matheson


The last time we checked in on the progress of Bill & Ted 3, the screen’s Bill S. Preston, Esq., Alex Winter, informed us that both he and the actor who portrayed “Ted” Theodore Logan, Keanu Reeves, were very much on board to make another sequel, a script for the film had been completed, and everybody was very happy with how it read. Unfortunately, the movie still wasn’t officially green lit by anyone, and wasn’t guaranteed to ever actually happen. Happily, there’s some new movement regarding the project that suggests we may be one step closer to the glorious fantasy of Bill & Ted 3 getting financed becoming a reality. Vulture is reporting that Bill & Ted creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson (who wrote this third Bill & Ted movie on spec) have attached director Dean Parisot to their script, joining both principal actors in a tidy little package that’s likely to look fairly attractive to studios. Parisot mostly busies himself with TV work, but he did also direct the well-liked satire Galaxy Quest back in 1999, so he’s no stranger to big screen comedy.



When Keanu Reeves isn’t busy prepping movies, he seems to spend most of his free time talking to MTV reporters about them. On recent sit-downs he has spilled some details about both his upcoming samurai movie 47 Ronin and also the possible third sequel to Bill & Ted that keeps getting hinted at. Let’s dig in. If it were just Alex Winters talking about a possible sequel to Bill & Ted, then it would be pretty easy to ignore. I call it the Tom Arnold effect. But when the more successful half of the duo, Keanu Reeves, starts to make hints that another go around is going down, well then buddy boy you better stand up and take notice. Starting around last September Reeves did exactly that by saying that the original B&T writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, were “going to try and see if they can write something.” When recently asked what the current status was on those efforts were, Reeves said, “I believe the writers are six weeks away from a draft. No pressure, guys!” Six weeks sounds a lot more concrete than trying to see if they can whip up a little something-something. Maybe this thing is going down after all. But what would another Bill and Ted movie be about here in 2011, with a rapidly aging duo of actors? Reeves gave a little hint: “When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song […]



Lionsgate is trying out a radical new approach to making movies – one in which you don’t spend a bajillion dollars producing, distributing, and advertising every film. Their new initiative, which focuses on what they’re calling microbudget films, is set to start releasing 10 films a year that all cost under 2 million dollars to produce. Seeing as the normal practice seems to have become releasing one film that costs 200 million to produce, you can see how this is such a change of pace for the industry. Lionsgate executive Joe Drake explained the strategy, “Microbudget films involve minimal overhead and very little risk, but a potentially high reward. This initiative allows us to add another layer to our slate of movies that work both financially and creatively.” That doesn’t seem so hard to figure out, make more movies for less money and each one becomes less of a risk, and you have more chances for something to hit big and recoup all your money. I sincerely hope it works out. The first three films to be produced under the initiative have been announced. The first is called Rapturepalooza, a comedy set after the religious apocalypse. It’s being directed by Paul Middleditch, written by Chris Matheson, and has Craig Robinson set to star. They refer to it as Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski in the press release, but that sounds too good to be true. If I was trying to sell movies that’s probably how I would describe everything. The […]

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