It’s been 27 years since the release of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and it’s getting to the point where it’s hard to believe that a third film in the beloved sci-fi comedy series will ever see the light of day. Believe it or not, original writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson have been trying to put together a sequel for almost a decade and are still confident that Bill & Ted Face the Music will get to the big screen.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Solomon discussed the long-gestating project, which will reunite fans with Bill S. Preston Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) as they navigate the trials and tribulations of being middle-aged family men. According to Solomon, all the pieces are in place to get Bill & Ted 3 off the ground; in fact, they even have a director on board.
“We have been working for almost 10 years to get this thing made; Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, Chris Matheson, me… we have a director – Dean Parisot, who did Galaxy Quest– Steven Soderbergh is one of our producers. We have a wonderful assembly of people.
“We have a script that we really are proud of, that we worked very hard on, that we’ve done many iterations of – and we did it on spec, meaning we spent years working on it because we wanted to get it right, creatively.
“This is not, ‘Hey let’s all cash-in on the Bill & Ted thing for money’ – this is the opposite. This is, ‘We love these characters, they’ve been with us for our whole lives’ – Chris and me, and Alex and Keanu – and we wanted to visit them again as middle-aged men. We thought it would be really fun, and funny, and sweet.
Solomon also discussed how the script would incorporate the character the late George Carlin’s character Rufus.
“There’s actually a scene – one of my favourite scenes in the whole movie – where middle-aged, 50-year-old Bill and Ted return to the Circle K and see their teen selves and Rufus, and actually interact with their teenage selves, played by their actual teenage selves.”
According to Solomon, the main reason Bill & Ted Face the Music has taken so long to get made is that financiers have been reluctant to give the script the green light, as they would rather have a reboot with teenage actors than an outright sequel. There’s also concern that because the original films were cult hits, there wouldn’t be enough of an audience to justify the cost. Solomon disagrees and believes that a third Bill & Ted movie could at the very least be a modest box office success.
It’s one of those movies that has grown over time,” he said. “I’m certain that whoever invests in this could make their money back, and hopefully a lot more.
“It’s never gonna be a movie that me and Chris Matheson get rich on. I’ve never made much money off of Bill & Ted. We never get profits from it, our salaries were very small from it, but it’s the one movie in my life that… if I’d never done anything but Bill & Ted, I would’ve been really happy.
“Chris and I have said this to each other many times, if the only thing we put into the world ever was this notion of ‘Be excellent to each other’, we could look each other in the eye and feel like we did something right. I really feel that, and I’m really proud of that.”
For more of Ed Solomon’s insights into Bill & Ted Face the Music, head over to Digital Spy for the rest of the interview.
Source: Digital Spy