It’s been talked about for years, not least of all by Bill and Ted themselves, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, who have been mentioning their enthusiasm to revisit these characters for a while. Now the news comes that Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot is to direct a third film in the series (which might mean it is actually going to happen maybe).
The script is by the original dudes behind Bill & Ted, Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who have been determined to take the story in their own particular direction, resisting the temptation of a reboot or remake. Instead the film will show what Bill & Ted are up to now, as they approach 50 still labouring under the pressure of having not yet written the song that saves the world. The mandatory time travel element is likely to see the duo travel into the future, according to Reeves, where they’ll interact with their future selves in multiple timelines.
First Parisot has to finish directing Red 2 (which adds Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones to the cast), but we can look forward to another film from Solomon and Matheson in the form of Rapturepalooza. This post-Rapture comedy is set a year after half of Earth ascended to heaven, leaving everyone else to endure the apocalypse and struggle, like the film’s main characters, with problems like running a sandwich cart while dealing with the romantic advances of the Anti-Christ. Don’t hold your breath - there’s been no word on a release date for Rapturepalooza or the new Bill & Ted yet.