Woah! Bill & Ted To Return! Excellent!

Woah! Bill & Ted To Return! Excellent!

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reunite to bring back Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan!

Released in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was a low budget time travel comedy. The story followed two high schoolers who loved their rock music.

Alex Winter played Bill S. Preston, Esq, and his best friend, Ted Theodore Logan, was portrayed by Keanu Reeves. The two of them dream of becoming famous with their band Wyld Stallyns of which they’re the only members and they can’t even play the guitar.

The two young friends are about to fail their history class when a figure from the future, Rufus played by the late stand-up comedian George Carlin, arrives in a time travelling phone booth. He informs the young friends that their music will shape and harmonise the universe and if they fail their history test, this future will be destroyed.

Bill and Ted step into the phone booth and start an adventure in time which will entail kidnapping historical figures such as Billy the Kid and President Lincoln to speak at their history class.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was a moderate box office success and this led to the release of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991. In this sequel, a figure from the utopian future, Chuck De Nomolos, hates Bill and Ted so much that he sends two robot replicas of them into the past to destroy our heroes, therefore, altering the timeline.

Bill and Ted are killed by their evil robot counterparts and must convince Death that they need to return to the land of the living in order to save the world.

Whilst not a big commercial success like the original, it is still a great entertaining film. This wasn’t the last we’d hear of our two heroes.

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There were two seasons of a half hour animated Saturday morning show, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures, that featured the voices of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves but only for the first season sadly. The second season featured the voices of Evan Richards as Bill and Christopher Kennedy as Ted.

Richards and Kennedy also starred in the very short-lived live-action television series of Bill & Ted Excellent Adventures that only ran for seven episodes. I reviewed the first two episodes of the television show back in 2012.

For years there was much talk of a third movie but nothing ever materialised. In recent times both Alex and Keanu spoke of a script that had been written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the writers from the first two films.

The new film would be set now, nearly thirty years after the original films. We’d see Bill and Ted as middle-aged men with families. The script has been in development for a decade and when writer Ed Solomon spoke to Digital Spy in January, he revealed, 

“We have a script that we really are proud of, that we worked very hard on, that we’ve done many iterations of – and we did it on spec, meaning we spent years working on it because we wanted to get it right, creatively.

This is not, ‘Hey let’s all cash-in on the Bill & Ted thing for money’ – this is the opposite. This is, ‘We love these characters, they’ve been with us for our whole lives’ – Chris and me, and Alex and Keanu – and we wanted to visit them again as middle-aged men. We thought it would be really fun, and funny, and sweet.

We really think there’s another movie to be done that is the opposite of cynical, that is actually made with love. [It’ll be] made with love and affection for the characters, and affection for the fans of Bill & Ted. All of us really want to give the people who love Bill & Ted, and people who haven’t even discovered Bill & Ted yet, a movie that is worthy of their affection. And we’re trying!”

When this interview was conducted, the production team had come close to financing a new Bill & Ted film several times, however, deals fell apart right at the last minute. Hollywood was more interested in rebooting the franchise rather than continuing the story.

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But what would this third film be about? In an interview on the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Keanu Reeves revealed,

“[Bill & Ted are] supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven’t done that. The pressure of having to save the world, their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them, and then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don’t write the song it’s just not the world, it’s the universe.”

Today it was announced that the deals have been struck and finally, the third film will go into production. Dean Parisot has been announced as the director, he previously helmed films such as Galaxy Quest, Red 2 and Fun With Dick and Jane.

The title of this film? Bill & Ted Face The Music.

I can’t wait! Excellent!

Taken from Entertainment Weekly’s Bill & Ted’s cast reunion.


John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves film, and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990s. Whilst that website became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. He's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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