To call Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure a cult classic would be a gross understatement. It was a movie very deserving of a sequel, and we got one a couple years later in the form of Bogus Journey. Admittedly, the sequel wasn’t quite as good as the original, but that’s sort of expected right? Though I must say the Battleship scene with Death was the stuff of legend. Fast forward almost three decades, and we’re still waiting for a proper sequel to Bogus Journey and the return of Bill and Ted!
‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
In 2007, the writers of the original movie (Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon) went to Keanu Reeves (Ted Theodore Logan) and Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston, Esq.) and pitched them the idea for a third movie, titled Face the Music. While Reeves and Winter were on board, the idea has apparently gone through a long process. I mean, from idea to written script, it’s been 11 years and the movie still isn’t in production.
From their interview with EW:
“Chris and Ed came to us in 2007 with the idea of doing it,” Reeves explains, “They pitched us an idea. It sounded great. Simple, right? In show business,” Reeves says, wearily, “There’s show and then there’s business.”
“We’ve been to the altar a few times,” is how Solomon describes the lengthy development process, which has been full of rumors but has resulted in no actual production news as of yet. “We get rejected right about the ‘now you may kiss the bride’ part of it.”
The premise for Face the Music is a decent one. At the end of Excellent Adventure, Rufus (their mentor from the future, played by George Carlin) told Bill and Ted they were going to save the world. Well, now they are in their 50’s and they still haven’t saved the world. They’re struggling with the fact it may never happen, and if they should just give up trying. I know what you’re thinking: “If the movie hasn’t been made yet, it probably never will”. I would probably be right there with you but…
“We are hoping to close a deal with some financiers,” says Solomon. “Hopefully within the next month or so, we’ll have news that will stick.”
“We went out and found a director,” says Winter. “Dean Parisot, who we love, did Galaxy Quest, which is a masterpiece.”
“Steven Soderbergh is one of the producers on it,” says Solomon. “Along with Scott Kroopf, the original producer [of Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey]. Bill Sadler is back, returning as death, and a few delicious cameos by people to be named another time.”
That is all great news for people that would love to see a third installment of Bill & Ted, especially with the same actors as the first movie. I mean we all know what a trainwreck the new Ghostbusters turned out to be. I know I would go see a new Bill & Ted movie. Would you? Let us know in the comments!