Most excellent! Bill & Ted are (eventually) coming back to theaters and the people involved promise it won't suck.
Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, Keanu Reeves let it slip that a new Bill & Ted movie was in the works. While this was originally believed to be a a joke, MTV has now confirmed that such a project is in development, thanks to an interview with Alex Winter (better known as Bill S. Preston Esq.).
Currently known as Bill & Ted 3, Winter revealed that the the movie's been worked on for quite a while. "We kicked around the idea over the years and had always thought if we could make something that was as kind of genuine in spirit as the originals and without falling prey to kind of retro cynicism or something that was unnecessary, it would be worth doing. Now the cat's out of the bag, and the truth is that, yeah, we have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great."
Of course, details about the movie are few and far-between right now, but it sounds like it might be a fun film. According to Winter, "We don't want to make a cynical 'here's Bill and Ted - you guys are our kids, now YOU guys go be Bill and Ted and the franchise can live for another 25 years!' It's not that. It's a straight up, what's the funniest and most surprising take on where Bill and Ted would be right now if we stopped back in on them? That's what we're doing."
Of course, a noticeable absence from the movie would be George Carlin, who played Rufus. Since no one wants to actually re-cast the character, this is a pretty big obstacle. "We're working our way through it right now," Winter explained. "It's really complicated. He was such a big part of the spirit of the originals, and we've been trying to be clever about making a new one that can handle the Carlin issue. It's actually stopped us in the past - why do it without Rufus? We've been delicate about moving around him."
Since this is all in the early stage of development, there's no planned release date yet. Winter revealed that the script needs to be finished, and then both he and Reeves have to have openings in their schedules. "We would love to not be doing this when we're 60, I'll leave it at that," he joked.
Thanks to The_root_of_all_evil for the tip!