Fans have been asking for another adventure with the time-traveling, death-defying, hard-rocking duo of William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan III — as played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, respectively — ever since 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. More than 25 years later, that film appeared to be on its way to the screen, officially titled Bill & Ted Face the Music.
Here’s everything we know about Bill and Ted Face the Music so far.
So very bogus
Two months after the title was officially confirmed for Bill and Ted Face the Music and the project seemed like it was gaining momentum, the long-awaited sequel appears to have hit a pretty significant speed bump. Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment, Reeves indicated the film’s future is in doubt due to issues with financing and rights, among other tricky elements.
“I don’t know if [Bill and Ted Face the Music] is a reality,” he said. “We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges. … Part of it is business stuff — financing, rights, deals. Nothing creatively.”
Whether those financing and rights issues are enough to sink the project entirely remains to be seen, but fans can take solace in the knowledge that Bill and Ted have cheated death in the past, so anything is possible.
According to Comingsoon, Bill and Ted Face the Music officially entered pre-production in May. MGM owns the rights to the film and will handle the U.S. release under the Orion Pictures banner. Meanwhile, Bloom Media began shopping the film internationally during the Cannes Film Festival.
A very excellent director
The film’s title was revealed in a March 2018 feature in Entertainment Weekly that reunited Winter and Reeves with screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who penned the first two films. According to Winter, the film has more than just a title, too.
“We went out and found a director,” revealed Winter. “Dean Parisot, who we love, did Galaxy Quest, which is a masterpiece.”
According to Solomon, Steven Soderbergh is currently attached as a producer on the film, along with original franchise producer Scott Kroopf. Talk of a potential third film dates back years, but after decades of uncertainty, the film finally seemed to be moving forward.
Adding to the sudden closer-than-ever feel of Bill & Ted Face the Music is the news that there is even some casting in the works beyond Winter and Reeves’ iconic slacker heroes. Solomon indicated that William Sadler, who played the Grim Reaper in Bogus Journey, will reprise the role for Face the Music.
“We are hoping to close a deal with some financiers,” Solomon said. “Hopefully within the next month or so, we’ll have news that will stick.”
The story, dude
As for the plot of the film, the quartet plans to explore Bill and Ted’s lives long after they were expected to save the world with their music, but never quite got around to it. Still struggling to create the musical masterpiece that will shape their lives and bring about peace, prosperity, and happiness for an entire world (and then some), Bill and Ted find themselves fearing what their inability to craft that ultimate song might mean for the future.
“You’re told you’re gonna save the world,” explained Matheson. “And now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it. Now they’re married, and it affects their marriages, and it affects their relationships with their kids, and it affects their everything.”
“Everybody’s a little older now,” added Reeves. “A little afraid.”
There is currently no timetable for completion on Bill & Ted Face the Music.
Updated July 17 with news regarding potential problems for the production.
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