We’ve heard snippets of what to expect from ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ and now co-writer Ed Solomon has a few key plot details to share with us for the revival we’re all dying to see happen. It was already made clear that we’ll see a middle-aged Bill and Ted who have yet to pen their rock opera that would change the world and now we’ll see “somebody from the future” visit the duo and tell them that “You have 24 hours. The fate of all of space/time depends on [a song you’ve written] – and if it doesn’t happen now, it’s never gonna happen.”
Right from the outset, it is clear that there won’t be any pressure on the Wild Stallions, just the fate of everything. Yes, this intro does confirm that time travel will once again factor into the story.
Since the pair is struggling to make the music happen, they concoct a scheme that will have them travel into the future and steal this world-changing song from themselves to save space and time.
Solomon states that:
“So in their desperation, they decide their only option is to go into the future – to when they have written it – and to steal it from themselves. What follows is a kind of utterly absurd, Christmas Carol-like journey through their lives past, present, and future.
I suspect we’re going to be seeing a few significant changes to the future before they set things back to how they should be by the end of the film. Also, this will allow us to see some of the events that they’ve already gone through in a new light which could prove to be quite fun depending on how they do it.
You have to wonder if we’ll also see some of that new de-aging CGI to bring back a younger Bill and Ted.
Time travel isn’t the only aspect of time we’ll be seeing either. The Wild Stallions have aged 30 years between films, and that will heavily factor into the movie:
“It’s been 30 years. Let’s be real about the passage of time. We want to maintain the tone, the sweetness, the absurdity and we want it to be a movie that is not just for fans of the first movie but hopefully for people of any age who haven’t seen the movies. But most importantly, we want it to be something unique – something people haven’t seen before. Also, we think it’s really cool to take characters you last saw as teenagers and explore them again as middle-aged men. What would that be like?”
One route this could easily go is seeing the two becoming cynical after not hitting it big by the time that we join their adventures again. However, the movie is looking to be refreshingly cynicism-free!
“A lot of comedy right now is really cynical. It’s either snarky or self-referential or “meta” or really dark or really negative, and Bill & Ted is none of those. It’s sweet. There’s nothing cynical, and there’s nothing snarky in this movie, and if that’s what you like – cynical, dark, malevolent humor – then you’re not gonna like this movie. At a time when there’s just so much negativity everywhere, I feel like this movie is complete counterprogramming to that.
“Look, there’s emotion in it, but I think it’s really ultimately about two of the most joyful characters that I certainly have ever been involved with – characters who have had life hit them hard – and who are able to not just maintain but reinvigorate their joy, their spirit…”
I feel much of the media we consume is too cynical these days, so it is refreshing that not going that route is in the DNA of the script.
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