by Graham Pierrepoint
Think of some of the best-loved movies from the 80s that have yet to be revived – there’s surely only a handful which remain! Short of us getting a long-awaited Goonies follow-up (and yes, there is most certainly a Gremlins remake in the works, if reports are anything to go by), Bill and Ted area duo which have sadly gone without much in the way of follow-up to their initial two movies, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Was it simply thanks to the late 80s and early 90s shtick burning out quickly that we never saw a trilogy come to light? Was it thanks to Keanu Reeves (Ted) ascending into the stratosphere as the next big Hollywood icon? Who’s to say – however, following up on our recent story regarding both Reeves and Alex Winter (Bill) meeting up for a magazine shoot and happily discussing plans mooted for a third movie, it’s official – Bill and Ted 3 is finally leaving Development Hell.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news to the world recently as it was confirmed that ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ is currently in pre-production, and that both Winter and Reeves are on board to revive the Wyld Stallyns some 25-30ish years since they last broke ground at the box office. The official word is extremely tantalising for fans of the 80s franchise. “Bill and Ted Face the Music will see the duo long past their days as time-traveling teenagers and now weighed down by middle age and the responsibilities of family,” The Hollywood Reporter revealed. “They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, they find much, much more than just a song.”
▶ Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Set to Reprise Roles in 'Bill & Ted 3' (The Hollywood Reporter)
This sounds like a fantastic synopsis for a big, fun return to the world of Bill and Ted – while there’s no news on a release date, it’s fantastic that the third movie we always knew would come is finally on the horizon!