Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter announce 'Bill & Ted 3' is really happening
Before Keanu Reeves was avenging his puppy in John Wick and learning kung-fu in The Matrix, he was one half of the Wyld Stallyns.
In 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Reeves and Alex Winter played metalhead teen slackers who have to write a history report to complete high school. To their surprise, a phone booth falls from the sky containing Rufus, a representative from the future, played by the late comedy legend George Carlin. He informs the boys that Wyld Stallyns' music provides the basis for a utopian society, and if they flunk class most heinously, the band will break up, ruining a most excellent future.
After Rufus lends them a time-traveling phone booth, Bill and Ted hopscotch throughout history, gathering notable figures, like Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Joan of Arc and Abraham Lincoln. Thanks to their bodacious help, they deliver a report that is most righteous, saving a utopian future where everyone is most excellent to each other.
The comedy was a huge hit, inspiring a sequel, 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. This time, Bill and Ted have to win the Battle of the Bands to secure the Wyld Stallion's world-changing success, but are murdered by time-traveling robots that take the boys' places, and intend to bomb the show, on assignment from a most heinous villain dude.
Luckily, Bill and Ted's souls beat Death at Battleship, Clue and Twister, and are able to travel from hell to heaven back to the mortal world. With the help of Rufus and an alien named Station, they defeat the bad guys and win the Battle of the Bands with a most excellent rock ballad.
Fans have waiting for 28 years for a sequel, and now they're finally getting their wish. On Wednesday, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter announced in a video that Bill and Ted 3 is actually happening. (Feel free to play a triumphant air guitar.) The film is called Bill & Ted Face the Music, and will hit theaters August 21, 2020. The movies is scripted by returning franchise writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and will be directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest)
Here's the synopsis:
"Following 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William "Bill" S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore "Ted" Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends."
Last year, Winter assured fans that the threequel would live up to the hype during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "The whole trajectory of getting the next one off the ground has been pretty much exactly like the experience of getting the original,” Winter said. “Going to every studio, and they’re like, ‘What the F is this?’"
"It’s this kind of independent spirit," he continued, "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.’"