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If you follow movies long enough, you eventually start to see projects that remain perpetually in development hell. Bill and Ted 3 is one of those films. It's been 26 years since we last saw everyone's favorite San Dimas-based metal heads, but it now seems that the series' third installment may be closer than ever to becoming a reality. Keanu Reeves recently made a talk show appearance and admitted that a script is being worked on, and it will involve grown up Bill and Ted trying to save the universe from a fracturing timeline. Reeves said:
The writers came up with a story and we're trying to make it. It would be Bill and Ted in their 50s, and that just makes me laugh right there. There's a cool story. Basically, they're supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven't done that yet. So the pressure of having to save the world, their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them. But then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don't write the song it's just not the world, it's the universe. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart. So then elements of the past come in.
This development, which was revealed during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, lines up with a Bill and Ted update provided by Movie Web last year, so the project seems to have found a coherent direction. As fans of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure already know, Bill and Ted are destined to write kick ass heavy metal music that brings the planet to a state of utopia. The third sequel will catch up with them as they navigate adulthood, and still haven't managed to write that song. Decades of inaction will lead to a major crisis, and the adult versions of the Wyld Stallyns will finally have to embrace their destinies in a most triumphant way.
The promise of past elements making their way into the story for a third Bill and Ted movie also raises questions regarding aspects of the Bill and Ted lore the film could potentially incorporate into the narrative. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that CGI technology is moving in a direction that will soon allow us to resurrect deceased actors seamlessly. Could we possibly see the late George Carlin's Rufus return in Bill and Ted 3? It's anyone's guess, but that's about as crazy as fan service gets.
Listen to this dude Rufus. He knows what he's talking about.
We will bring you more updates related to Bill and Ted 3 as more information becomes available to us. For now, check out Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2, which is currently in theaters.