Bill and Ted

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have been talking about a third Bill & Ted for years, and over the past few years we’ve watched the project slowly move ahead. Winter announced that the script was completed in 2011, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) was hired to direct in 2012. But over a year later, production still hasn’t gotten underway, and now Reeves has an explanation as to why.

In a new interview, the actor explained that “darkness” was holding up the project. It’s a much more mysterious answer than the one Winter gave when asked a similar question earlier this year. Hit the jump to read Reeves’s quote.

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Maybe when we first heard about the possibility of a third Bill & Ted, it sounded like an outlandish idea. As Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have continued to offer little updates, however — and as more and more ’80s and ’90s properties have found their way to the big screen — it’s started to seem more and more plausible. And now the project’s taken one more big step forward, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) just hired to direct. More details after the jump.

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‘Bill & Ted 3′ Script is Finished

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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“Closer to 50!”

Remember when we reported last week that Keanu Reeves flicked his hand dismissively at the notion of all sequels? Well, we lied. Actually, the Internets lied. Sort of. Reeves talked to MTV about a second sequel to his amazing Bill and Ted’s filmography following 1991′s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and said he remains stoked on headbanging in a phone booth with co-star Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston, Esquire but not until they’re 50. Also, there might be a bathroom stop in Bummerville because Reeves says a remake is on the horizon…

“I hear they’re doing a remake,” Reeves said of the movie that launched him to fame. “[Alex Winter and I spoke] on the phone the other day [about it]. We’re great friends.

“The most serious we ever got was a few years ago,” he confessed of a hitherto unknown third film. “I had once mentioned about doing it when we were 40. Now maybe the only shot we have is to do it when we’re 50.”

Winter and Reeves are both in their early 40s, which is unfortunate because another sequel could probably be a big hit and I’m all for Valley Speak making a brute force comeback to the well-quaffed ire of Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere. Which reminds my ego: I once threw a Bill and Ted’s party at a log cabin in Miami complete with a phone booth stuffed with unmentionable antics and a massive UM football player dressed Socratically who dragged a keg onto the street, sat on it, batted others away, and nursed the tap like a goat teat. Wyld Stallyns, get it together and go for the trilogy, and bring William Sadler. [Belch]

Requisite Alex Winter Update: Alex Winter has directed a Big Pharma-comedy called We’re Here to Help starring Alan Rickman (Hans) that is due this year. Go Winter!

Bill and Ted’s Remake Update: Apparently Moviehole has gotten wind of the remake, and they report it will likely go straight-to-DVD. The gist? The “phone” is “funkier.” I’m guessing this means cell phone > phone booth. (LAME.) The new Bill and Ted are 10th graders. They meet snooze-worthy historical figures like Ghandi and Calamity Jane. Remake has fewer “Whoa”‘s. (LAME). “Cool and hip” references aplenty including a “we’re going to miss The Dark Knight!” scene. Wyld Stallions? No, this time it’s the “Atomic Gorillas.” (LAME.) Worthy? The site says it mostly depends on who they cast. Bummer.

Discuss: Do you miss the “phone booth?” Who had more gnarlitude, Bill or Ted? Are these movies smartly stupid or stupidly smart?

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