Most excellent! It’s already been 23 years in the works, but Alex Winter has revealed some details about the highly anticipated Bill and Ted 3, a movie which I need like I need air.
The actor played Bill S Preston alongside Keanu Reeves’ Ted Logan in both 1989’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991, and now he has confirmed to Yahoo!Movies that the sequel will pick up when the title characters are in their 40’s.
“It’s really sweet and really fucking funny,” he said. “It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: what if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”
Winters continued to explain more about the film, adding, “There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie. [It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’
“They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”
It sounds really great, though I must admit that I am perhaps biased having loved the films as a child. It’s also good to hear that Winters and Reeves are still close friends, and that they are playing an important part in the creative process with original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Soloman.
“Me and Keanu and Chris and Ed are all very close and have remained close over the years,” says Winter. “We’d be having dinner and we’d be like, ‘is there a point? Is there a way in?’ We’d kick an idea around and go no and we would leave it alone for a bunch of years. I guess about four years ago we had an idea together that we thought was pretty great. I think it was because so much time had gone by that it was great.”
But for those of us (me included) waiting to hear about filming or release dates, the bad news is that those are still a way off. Winters explained that as word got out that a sequel was being made, the public are now going through the long, drawn out process of filmmaking with them.
“The thing we had going against us is that word got out,” he explains. “That was kind of a bummer. It just takes a long time to put a movie together. Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad [the fans] have to get dragged through this long, boring, protracted process.”
Don’t feel bad, just the fact that this movie is in the works is totally bodacious and I can’t wait to hear more.
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