Bill and Ted Keanu Reeves Alex Winters

Keanu Reeves is busy promoting ‘Replicas’ his newest science fiction movie which has been making the rounds of film festivals.  The film is slightly somber, centering on a scientist who is obsessed with reviving his dead family after a fatal accident.  But obviously, not all of Reeves’ films are so serious.  And he might be reviving one of his most famous comedic roles, Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan.

While talking up ‘Replicas’ he did let slide that a third movie, ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ has a script and a title (obviously) but that there has just been some resistance to getting it made.

Reeves said:

“We’re trying.  There’s a script out there. We’re just trying to get it made. Show business is tough.”

The film would reunite Reeves with his costar Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.  The script was penned by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon who wrote the original films, 1989’s ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ and 1991’s ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’.  The film even has a director attached, Dean Parisot who has helmed such comedic hits as ‘Galaxy Quest’, ‘Fun With Dick & Jane’ and ‘Red 2’.  He has also directed several TV shows of various genres like ‘Santa Clarita Diet’, ‘Grace and Frankie’, ‘Justified’ and ‘Modern Family’.

The main cast reprised their roles in a 1990 animated series, which continued for a second season without the original cast members.  A short-lived live-action series followed in 1992, using the same actors who voiced the characters in the second season of the animated series.  The animated series, in particular, spawned a slew of merchandising including a breakfast cereal, action figures, and several video games.  Universal Studios ran a Halloween show based on ‘Bill & Ted’ for many years at its theme parks.

Of course, one major component of the ‘Bill & Ted’ family is no longer with us.  George Carlin played their tour guide of sorts, Rufus, and he passed away in 2008.

As for the new movie, Reeves did delve into the plot, slightly:

“It’s a cautionary tale.  They’re supposed to save the world. But when we see them, they haven’t saved the world, and they’re married and have kids. And they’re playing to nobody. … But they have to write the song… and face the music! Hopefully we’ll make it before I’m 60.”

Earlier this year, on the ‘Graham Norton Show’, Reeves conveyed a similar plotline:

“There’s a cool story. Basically, they’re supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven’t done that yet. So the pressure of having to save the world — their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them. But 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. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart. So then elements of the past come in.”

‘Bill & Ted’ retains a loyal cult following.  The original movies were fairly inexpensive to produce– keep in mind Reeves wasn’t famous yet, at that time– so if the new movie can be made on a fairly low budget, it could prove a big hit with that fanbase.

Are you intrigued by the thought of a new ‘Bill & Ted’?