Party on, dudes! The most famous aspiring musicians from San Dimas, California, whose music turns Earth into a utopia in the far future, are coming back to our time.
BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE became a surprise hit in 1989, turning two easygoing dudes, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, into icons. The movie also made Reeves a star and led to the 1991 sequel, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY, and spinoffs that included cartoons, comic books and a breakfast cereal.
Now, Reeves and Winter are reuniting to play the dopey friends one more time — and the fate of the universe is at stake! Here’s everything we know about BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC.
Is This for Real?
It is very real! After years (and years … and years) of development, BILL & TED 3 is finally coming together. For proof, check out this video of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves announcing the film.
So, When Can We See Bill & Ted 3?
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is currently set to open on August 21, 2020. The main problem with the date being over a year away is that we’ve got a long time to wait before even seeing a BILL & TED 3 trailer.
Who Is Making Bill & Ted 3?
Reeves and Winter are obviously important creative forces on the new movie, but they are not alone. Producer Scott Kroopf, who produced the first two movies, is back. So are screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who penned the first two movies.
Filmmaker Dean Parisot (GALAXY QUEST) is directing the movie, which is already in production in New Orleans. So, that’s a great team with plenty of ties to the existing movies — and the proven skills of Parisot to pull everything together.
Oh, and the multitalented Steven Soderbergh is also on board as an executive producer, which is very cool. He came on board through writer Ed Solomon, who also wrote Soderbergh’s experimental narrative “Mosaic.”
How About a Reminder of What Happened in the First Two Movies?
In the first movie, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) were high school students who aspired to rock stardom. Their band, Wyld Stallyns, wasn’t even really a band when Rufus, played by the late George Carlin, arrived from the future to tell Bill and Ted that their music inspires a golden age in the year 2688.
Several adventures later, after brushes with historical figures, evil robot duplicates and even Death himself, Bill and Ted perform for a global audience, and their music does indeed change the world. BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY ends with Death (William Sadler) joining Bill and Ted on their musical journey, which eventually extends out into the galaxy.
Sounds Like Things Ended Well — What’s the Story in Bill & Ted 3?
As far as we know, the third movie will find Bill and Ted in their 40s. They got married, to princesses they met while traveling to the Middle Ages, in BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY, and now they have kids.
The only problem with the middle-aged responsibilities faced by the heroes is that they have not yet penned the greatest song ever written. That kinda needs to happen, because otherwise the future is in doubt. “You’re told you’re gonna save the world,” co-writer Matheson told EW in 2018. “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.”
When a traveler comes back in time to warn Bill and Ted that “only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe,” the duo sets out on a new journey that involves their families, as well as friends old and new and some legendary musical figures.
What Else Can You Tell Us About Bill & Ted 3?
Well, in 2018, Ed Solomon explained that this movie was born from the crew’s collective love of the series. “This is not, ’Hey, let’s all cash-in on the BILL & TED thing for money,’” he said. “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. We really think there’s another movie to be done that is the opposite of cynical, that is actually made with love.”
The death of George Carlin means that his character, Rufus, who was central to the first two movies, won’t be involved in the same way — and all involved agreed not to recast. “There is a … not just an homage to him; it’s more than that,” Solomon explained. “His absence is a part of the whole movie.” We’ll evidently see the 40-something Bill and Ted interact with their teen selves, and Rufus, via footage from the original movie.
Sounds Like Bill & Ted 3 Might Be Excellent!
We’re optimistic, especially since everyone is doing this for love rather than money. Alex Winter said last year that the same spirit that infused the original is present once again.
“The whole trajectory of getting the next one off the ground has been pretty much exactly like the experience of getting the original,” Winter explained. “Going to every studio, and they’re like, ‘What the eff is this?’ It’s this kind of independent spirit, and the films have an anachronistic quality to them that’s a big part of what they are, fundamentally. I’m really happy that this one is the same. It doesn’t feel like some stale knockoff that a studio would have immediately gone, ‘Oh, this feels right. We have rebranded very successfully.’”
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is set to open on August 21, 2020.