Woah, Dudes No Way! It would appear that late 80’s saviours of mankind, Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan may be returning to the big screen, twenty-plus years after their excellent adventures.
Alex Winter, who played Bill, spoke about the return of Bill & Ted recently at the SXSW festival (that’s South by SouthWest if you didn’t know) where his latest production, Deep Web premiered. We’ll come back to that.
Of the new Bill & Ted production, currently listed as Untitled Bill & Ted Project, Winter said, “We’re really close. We’re just about there.” Adding: “In Hollywood parlance, [that] means we’ll either be shooting soon, or it’s never going to happen.”
Of course his co-star Keanu Reeves will also return for the follow-up which will land us 23 years after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Winter spoke of where the movie will sit on the timeline. “Bill & Ted will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up! It’s really sweet and really f—ing funny.” He went on to say, “But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. 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?”
Winter continued saying, “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.”
As for Deep Web, which Winter directed and premiered at SXSW, he was also fortunate enough to have Reeves serve as the film’s narrator.
Deep Web is a documentary that deals with the FBI case about an online black market space known as Silk Road. Silk Road was essentially an online drug site and was also allegedly used for money laundering. The owner of the actual site platform Ross Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 suspected of being ‘The Dread Pirate Roberts,’ creator and operator of Silk Road and profiting from the sales.
Deep Web refers to the part of the world wide web that standard search engines cannot reach, and therefore monitoring traffic to sites within the Deep Web is difficult. It is described as “dragging a net across the surface of the ocean: a great deal may be caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is deep and therefore missed”.
Of Reeves’ involvement, Winter advised movie stakeholders earlier this month of the actor’s inclusion saying in his email, “This is the first time the two of us have worked together in 22 years, since he spent five hours a day having hair glued to his body to play Ortiz the Dog Boy in Freaked.”
At the SXSW premiere he said, “He [Reeves] started watching the earliest cuts of this movie a year ago, and was just super into it… [and] it’s really funny, because I asked him and I could tell he was waiting for me to ask. Because he was like, ‘Yeah. Duh.'”
You can watch the trailer for Deep Web below
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