Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have long been promising us a capper to the “Bill & Ted” trilogy, but unlike traveling through time, it’s not as easy as hopping into a phone booth and dialing. During an interview for the movie Grand Piano (via Yahoo! Movies) Winter bemoaned the “long, boring, protracted process” of getting Bill & Ted 3 to the screen while giving us a taste of what’s to come.
“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up,” Winter said. “Its really sweet and really f–ing funny, but it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”
“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie,” he continues. “[It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”
The prospect of seeing multiple versions of Bill and Ted in the movie seems intriguing, opening up the potential for alternate dimensions and timelines perhaps? Winter goes on to talk about how the original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon fashioned their idea over a series of dinners with Reeves and Winter throughout the years.
“It was really just the four of us and we were really very measured about it. It took time to construct the idea, it took Chris and Ed time to build the first draft. Then we put a producer together and got a director [‘Galaxy Quest’ helmer Dean Parisot]. We’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years. The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific. We’re in that world where producers are on, financiers are on and we’re just working and reworking the script.”
Hopefully the process won’t last too long having already waited 23-years since
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, but Winter seems just as annoyed as we are.
“Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad [the fans] have to get dragged through this.”