Bill & Ted 3, the as-yet-to-happen third film in the Bill & Ted franchise, has been gestating for, well, about a quarter of a century – The second movie in the attempted series, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, came out all the way back in 1991. However if Bill himself, Alex Winter, is to be believed, it might finally happen.
Speaking to Forbes, Winter confirmed that work on the film had begun, at least in some form. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s looking good. This is Hollywood so I don’t believe it’s happening until it’s coming out on VOD, but we’re all working on the film every day at the moment in terms of the pre-prep type work so it’s an active project. Hopefully we’ll be shooting it shortly… We’ve been working on it for, like, six years. We’re knee deep in the script, it’s been written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who wrote the first two, they are fantastic writers, and the script is great. We have a script, we have a director, we have a studio – we’re just trying to nail down a start date.”
The biggest question mark hanging over Bill & Ted 3 had been whether Keanu Reeves would return to the franchise that made him famous. Winters also wiped away any doubt about this pretty conclusively:
“How the **** would we make it if he wasn’t on board? People always ask if Keanu’s doing it and I’m like, ‘No, I’m making a Bill movie.’ Of course he’s in it. I can’t make a Bill & Ted movie without Keanu.”
The first time Winter and Reeves played the time-travelling slackers was in 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which was followed by the aforementioned Bogus Journey. The series has also had a long life on TV as well, with two cartoon shows and a live-action series (without Reeves and Winter).
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