Twenty-seven years after we last saw the totally radical pairing of Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reprise their roles in a third ‘Bill & Ted’ movie. Bloom is launching sales in Cannes on the time-travel comedy, which is called ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music.’
Currently in pre-production, the film has been written by the franchise’s creators Chris Matheson (‘Imagine That’) and Ed Solomon (‘Men in Black’), with Dean Parisot (‘Galaxy Quest’) confirmed to direct. Scott Kroopf (‘Limitless’) will produce together with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios, with Steven Soderbergh serving as an executive producer alongside Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr., and John Santilli.
When we last saw Bill and Ted, the dudes were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock ‘n’ roll, the new movie will see the two best friends as middle-aged men with family responsibilities who have yet to fulfill their destiny. They’ve written thousands of tunes, just not a good one, much less the greatest song ever. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns the duo that only their music can save life as we know it. Bill and Ted then set out on another time-travel adventure, with the help of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures and some sympathetic music legends, to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it.
MGM owns the rights to the film and will release in the U.S. under their Orion Pictures banner, while Bloom is handling international sales. Endeavor Content negotiated the U.S. deal. The project has already piqued the interest of buyers in Cannes, we understand.
Winter and Reeves released a statement, saying:
“We couldn’t be more excited to get the whole band back together again. Chris and Ed wrote an amazing script, and with Dean at the helm, we’ve got a dream team”
‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ (1989) and ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’ (1991) both became cultural phenomena for a certain generation as well as lucrative comedies in their own right. The new film comes at a time when comedies are in short supply. Bloom’s Alex Walton said:
“Fans of Bill and Ted have been waiting for Reeves and Winter to reunite since their last ‘Bogus Journey’ in 1991. This is excellent!”
Reeves is currently in production on the third installment of the ‘John Wick’ franchise. Winter has transitioned to writing and directing, with credits including Epix documentary ‘Deep Web’ and VH1 documentary ‘Downloaded.’ Next up he has the Frank Zappa documentary, ‘Zappa.’
In Cannes, Bloom is also selling Julius Onah’s ‘Luce’ starring Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth and Kelvin Harrison Jr.; Yuval Adler’s ‘The Operative’; Josh Trank’s ‘Fonzo’ starring Tom Hardy; David Sandberg’s ‘Kung Fury’ starring Michael Fassbender; Sam Levinson’s ‘Assassination Nation’, and Matthew Heineman’s ‘A Private War’ starring Rosamund Pike.