A year ago, Keanu Reeves said in an interview that he was “trying” to get a third Bill & Ted film made, and we weren’t sure if he was joking. In retrospect, I’m not sure why we were doubtful — it seems like every other popular film from the ’80s and ’90s is getting a reboot, remake, or sequel, so why not Bill & Ted? Over the past year, he and former co-star Alex Winter have mentioned Bill & Ted 3 in various interviews, and now some real progress has been made on the project: According to Winter, the script has now been completed. Read more after the jump.
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Earlier this week I saw a bunch of people on my twitter stream retweeting a bit of interesting film trivia: That the 1996 Pauly Shore/Stephen Baldwin “comedy” Bio-Dome was originally scripted as Bill & Ted 3. I was surprised as I had never heard this before. A quick google search showed that the information wasn’t new, as it appears on hundreds of websites across the interwebs. The problem is that many of the webpages (which include some credible movie sites in the mix) provide the same minimal piece of info, and don’t expand upon the story. IMDB’s Trivia section (which, yes, is user submitted like wikipedia) has the largest explanation:
A third sequel was planned, but was canned after Keanu Reeves, and later, Alex Winter, declined to reprise their respective roles. The script, which had already been written, was instead modified slightly, re-casted, and recycled into Bio-Dome (1996).
It’s a cool bit of trivia, but does it even make any sense? Bio-dome takes place completely inside a scientifically created closed ecological system, and doesn’t venture from modern (1996) day at all. How could a script involving time travel be re-purposed for a self contained story like this? It smelled a little fishy to me so I decided to ask someone who might know… Alex Winter (the actor who played Bill S. Preston in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and later went to star and direct in the cult classic Freaked). He’d likely know something about this right? Find out what he said after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 by Russ Fischer
How did a third Bill and Ted movie become the ’80s sequel that keeps coming up? Is there that much nostalgia for the middlebrow comedies of twenty years ago? Evidently so, as Keanu Reeves said during the Toronto Film Festival, “I’d love to play the role, I’d love to work with Alex [Winter] and [writers] Chris and Ed again, and we’ll see what they do.”
And now Alex Winter says that there is indeed an idea in play for a third film, and that a script is underway right now. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 by Germain Lussier
Most excellent. While at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Henry’s Crime, Keanu Reeves once again confirmed that a third Bill & Ted film might be in the works. “We’re trying,” he said. “Alex (Winter) and I are still friends and we’re talking and we’re talking to Chris (Matheson) and Ed (Soloman) and they’re gonna try and see if they can write something.”
I think surely after Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, there’s more story to tell. After the jump, read more of Reeves’ quote and hear what Alex Winter had to say, too. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
The internet is abuzz that a new Bill & Ted movie might be in the works, but sadly the source of the speculation isn’t that substantial. On the red carpet for the Academy Awards, MTV asked Keanu Reeves if we’d be seeing a new Bill & Ted sequel in the future. Reeves laughed and responded by saying “I’m trying, I’m trying.”
MTV journo Josh Horowitz asked if he was joking, to which Reeves responded “I’m not…” Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves back together again? “We’ll See.” You can watch the clip from yourself embedded after the jump. It’s very hard to tell if Reeves is just trying to appease the MTV interviewer or is actually serious about his reply. Either way, I think another Excellent Adventure may be years and years off.
Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2009 by Russ Fischer
I understand the role remakes play in Hollywood and for the most part I’m fine with it. But when I can’t get through a single work day without reporting on another remake, the grind gets a old. Today it’s a corker: Bloody-Disgusting reports that Alex Winter (yeah, that Bill and Ted Alex Winter) has found financing for his proposed 3D remake of The Gate, which origially starred a very young and round-faced Stephen Dorff as a kid who finds a gate to a prison containing ancient demons. Naturally, they want to take over the world, just like the army of remakes we’ve been facing down for the last few years. Read More »
A few years ago, rumblings started in regards to a remake of the 1987 floor-bursting creature feature The Gate. According to Production Weekly’s reliable Twitter, it’s now moving forward with director/un-Ted, Alex Winter, at the helm and will satiate today’s masses with devilish imps in glorious 3D. With no real evidence whatsoever, Devin at CHUD suggests that original star, Stephen Dorff, is free to reprise his role. Hey, he worked with Christian Bale on Public Enemies: he can obviously still deal with a hell hole…bad jk.
The original PG-13 film is a nostalgia boner for many thanks to the suburban setting, a large helping of stop-motion effects, and a plot that spoofs the then-controversy over heavy metal. It also exploited the golden days when kids were fascinated by mysterious holes in the ground that, sadly, they often dug themselves. See also: The Pit. Last year, Winter was hired to pen Howard Stern’s endless wet dream/remake of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and probably failed to see Lost Boys: The Tribe because it was an abortion.
Discuss: C’mon, this is one remake you can’t really get mad at, amirite?