We recently heard Keanu Reeves mention that he would like to see a Bill and Ted 3, and whilst offering up a killer Herzog impression it seemed idle talk.
But now Bill S. Preston, Esquire himself, Alex Winter, has confirmed that it is in the works.
Lest you think that Reeves was pulling our leg, we turned to the other half of the righteous duo, Alex Winter, for further confirmation. According to the actor and director, “Bill & Ted 3” is absolutely in development.
“We kicked around the idea over the years and had always thought if we could make something that was as kind of genuine in spirit as the originals and without falling prey to kind of retro cynicism or something that was unnecessary, it would be worth doing,” Winter told MTV’s Adam Rosenberg in an interview arranged, amusingly, via Twitter. “Now the cat’s out of the bag, and the truth is that, yeah, we have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great.”
“We’ve been working on it for the past couple of years, honing that idea and getting it into shape,” he continued. “[Screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon] are working on it now. The bottom line is that we still all feel like we need to sit down and look at a script and see if it’s everything that it can be before we set about doing anything with it.”
Winter wasn’t able to divulge much about what “Bill & Ted 3” will focus on, though he emphasized that the movie won’t be “cynical.”
“The essence of what we’ve always wanted to do is to make a ‘Bill & Ted’ movie,” he said. “We don’t want to make a cynical ‘here’s Bill and Ted — you guys are our kids, now YOU guys go be Bill and Ted and the franchise can live for another 25 years!’ It’s not that. It’s a straight up, what’s the funniest and most surprising take on where Bill and Ted would be right now if we stopped back in on them? That’s what we’re doing.”
I love that idea. Where Bill and Ted would be right now if we stopped in on them. Perfect.
I don’t want to see them try to play a Bill and Ted from 20 years ago.
Now that it seems more than just banter between old friends, I can officially get excited. I wonder if the title will be more modern slang? Bill and Ted’s Leet Epic Mission!!