Be excellent to each other. According to Yahoo! on September 25, the third installment of the “Bill & Ted” film franchise has been officially confirmed after years of speculation. The film currently has the working title of “Bill & Ted 3,” with actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves confirmed to reprise the roles of Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan.
Winter revealed that a script for the film has been completed, which has written by himself and Reeves. The new film won’t be a reboot, but focus on the two men as forty something who still haven’t quite figures out their life. In the first film, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” the boys discovered a time machine disguised as a phone booth and went back in time collecting historical figures to pass their history final exam.
The first film was released in 1989, with the sequel “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” being released in 1991 and having the boys travel to Hell. Winter confirmed that the new story will “fit neatly into the series” and that on some level the boys haven’t grown up. He described them as “supposed to have saved the world, but haven’t” which could also to part of the plot of the new film.
Winter cautioned that just because the film was confirmed doesn’t mean that it will be in theaters anytime soon. When the word first got out a few years back, it hindered the development of the project since films take time to produce but there was pressure from the public. Although a script has been completed, the film is still in need of financing for the project or else it will not be made.
On September 25 Comicbook.com revealed that Orion Pictures, the film company that created the film, went under which means that the rights to the characters has to be figured out before the project can move forward. The financing for the film needs to come through, although both films only grossed eighty million at the box office combined. The film will be made for the fans of the series, and a crowd funding option could be in the future.
The actor mentioned that the idea for the new film was discovered nearly four years ago. Winter, Reeves and the first film’s writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson have remained good friends, so they worked on the project together. Director Dean Parisot has agreed to helm the project and was also a part of the script writing process. Winter called the film’s concept “really funny,” but all the kinks have to be worked out before filming can start.