Alex Winter Talks the Long Road to Get 'Bill & Ted 3' Off the Ground
The last word we got about the long-developing sequel to follow Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey had Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot attached to direct, but beyond some hints from Keanu Reeves about the plot of the film, we haven't heard anything new about the sequel. But Reeves' co-star and Wyld Stallyns bandmate Alex Winter recently caught up with Yahoo and he says it's still in the works, but it's just taking awhile to get the script in perfect shape. But the good news is that producers and financiers are already on board, but the script is still getting in shape to go into production.
When asked about the long road Bill & Ted 3 has already had, Winter said:
“The thing we had going against us is that word got out. That was kind of a bummer. It just takes a long time to put a movie together. Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad [the fans] have to get dragged through this long, boring, protracted process.”
If that's bad news for fans, maybe some hints about the plot will help you cope:
“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up. It’s really sweet and really fucking funny. But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?"
This seems to echo what Keanu Reeves mentioned about the sequel in 2012:
"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."
And Winter echoes those sentiments as he says:
“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie. [It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”
This sounds like it could easily be a Tenacious D movie (it would be interesting if Wyld Stallyns had to battle the Jack Black and Kyle Gass duo for some reason, but I digress). Again, it sounds like the project is just stuck in development:
“Me and Keanu and [original writers] Chris [Matheson] and Ed [Solomon] are all very close and have remained close over the years. I guess about four years ago we had an idea together that we thought was pretty great. I think it was because so much time had gone by that it was great. It took time to construct the idea, it took Chris and Ed time to build the first draft. Then we put a producer together and got [Dean Parisot to direct]. We’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years. The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific. We’re in that world where producers are on, financiers are on and we’re just working and reworking the script.”
So there you go. Another time traveling adventure for Bill & Ted isn't out of the question or dead in the water, but it's just facing the same long road that every film made in Hollywood has to travel. It takes years to make movies, even when you're reviving a revered film series such as this. Even if the film gets made, it might have a long uphill battle to seem relevant since the first film was released 25 years ago, and is more of a cult classic than anything. Anyway, let's hope the gang can crack the script and we'll get to see Winter and Reeves get the band back together. Do you still want Bill & Ted 3?