Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that third Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music, is still trying to happen. Three decades (give or take) after Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey, the Wyld Stallyns will hopefully return in an all new adventure written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.
While the third film was announced a few years ago, news and buzz surrounding the project has waned to the point where most people forgot it was happening. It isn’t greenlit just yet, but it sounds like Ed Solomon and everyone involved is ready to go. This week, Solomon spoke to Digital Spy about the process, and he gave some detailed information about the story and the production itself:
“We have been working for almost 10 years to get this thing made; Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, Chris Matheson, me… we have a director – Dean Parisot, who did Galaxy Quest– Steven Soderbergh is one of our producers. We have a wonderful assembly of people.
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.”
Whoa whoa wait! Steven Soderbergh is on board as a producer? And Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot is at the helm? Now, you have my attention.
The article gives a brief description of the story, saying Bill & Ted Face the Music “will see Winter and Reeves play middle-aged versions of Bill and Ted, who are now family men rather than young aspiring musicians.” That makes perfect sense, but this whole thing still seems so bizarre.
“We are having issues raising money for it,” Solomon said, “getting it financed, because what we get all the time – all the time – is people wanting to reboot it… but what we wanna do is the story of Bill and Ted as middle-aged men, and tell what we think could be a really funny, and actually really moving, story about their lives and where they are now – their families, their kids…”
It could work, and it looks to have a great creative team behind it, but Bill & Ted Face the Music still has an uphill climb to find funding. Let’s hope it works out, because who wouldn’t want to see this?