Bill and Ted

It’s been a while since we’ve had a big update on Bill & Ted 3, but Alex Winter — you may know him as Bill Preston, Esq. — wants you to know the project is still very much alive. He offered a status update in a recent interview, as well as some details about the Bill and Ted 3 plot. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Bill & Ted 3 has been in the works for about four years already. Both Winter and Keanu Reeves are expected to reprise their roles, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) has been on board to direct since 2012.

In a conversation with Yahoo, Winter confirmed (again) that the script was done. “We’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years. The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific,” he said. “We’re in that world where producers are on, financiers are on and we’re just working and reworking the script.”

Speaking of that script, Winter had some Bill and Ted 3 plot details to share.

[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up. It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny. But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?

There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie. [It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.

So if the script is done, the lead actors are game, and a director is locked in, why is Bill & Ted 3 taking so damn long? According to Winter, it isn’t, really.

The thing we had going against us is that word got out. That was kind of a bummer. It just takes a long time to put a movie together. Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad [the fans] have to get dragged through this long, boring, protracted process.

Well, it makes more sense than blaming “darkness.”

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