We're not willing to give up on Bill & Ted 3 just yet. And that's mainly because the people associated with the potential sequel still hold out hope that it could come to fruition, and be something quite special. There have been rumors of a third Bill & Ted comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular SoCal space cadets who once traveled through space and time. Now, co-writer Ed Solomon elaborates on the status of a third movie, titled Bill & Ted Face The Music, and explains what has been behind the delay. Solomon says:
We are having issues raising money for it, getting it financed, because what we get all the time -- all the time -- is people wanting to reboot it. It's 'Let's do Bill & Ted with new teenagers', but what we wanna do is the story of Bill and Ted as middle-aged men, and tell what we think could be a really funny, and actually really moving, story about their lives and where they are now -- their families, their kids...
From what Ed Solomon tells Digital Spy, they have a script in place, they have a director in Galaxy Quest's Dean Parisot, and they have the blessing of original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. In any scenario, this should be all that one needs to get a Bill & Ted sequel off of the ground. But as Solomon notes, the idea in modern Hollywood is to reboot, to go younger, even though that's not the story that the original creators want to tell. Naturally, we think that the idea of older Bill and Ted is far more interesting than younger versions of classic characters, recast with unknowns. After all, has Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Meets Lloyd taught us nothing?
As for Bill & Ted Face The Music, the sequel also would lean into the concept that comedian George Carlin, who played mentor Rufus to the two doofuses, is no longer with us. Ed Solomon says that there's a scene in his planned movie where older Bill and Ted time travel back to the original Circle K scene and watch themselves as high schoolers -- and special effects would use footage from the first movie to recreate this moment.
For now, though, the third Bill & Ted movie is in limbo. There's a script, but the studios don't want to go in that direction. We pray that they change their minds, because we really want to see this version of the story that Ed Solomon describes in this interview.