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The Bill and Ted movies could easily remained pop culture touchstones of the late '80s and early '90s, but over the last eight years, there's been slow movement towards reuniting Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter for a third movie starring the lovable goofs. Then back in May, it was announced that Bill and Ted 3, a.k.a. Bill and Ted Face the Music, was officially happening, but earlier this month, Reeves cast doubt on that when he said he wasn't sure if the threequel is a "reality." Now Winter has clarified that as things stand right now, Bill and Ted Face the Music is still on track to begin filming early next year. As Winter put it:
We're still in pre-production. It's still the same. Early 2019 is still the same. I'm still being told to hold those dates. That's all I know.
You can't blame Keanu Reeves for expressing uncertainty about Bill and Ted Face the Music moving forward. For nearly a decade, this project has faced a lot of obstacles, including having trouble raising money because certain studios would rather reboot the Bill and Ted characters rather than follow up with the originals three decades after their last appearance. Fortunately for fans of these films, it sounds like there's nothing currently stopping Bill and Ted Face the Music from heading to production, though Alex Winter does understand Reeves' point of view. As Winter also mentioned while speaking at a Television Association Critics panel (via Slashfilm), things could still go wrong for Bill and Ted Face the Music, so it will be a while until he can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Winter explained:
What I keep telling everyone is I don't trust a movie as being made, frankly, until, literally, I'm watching it on cable two years after it's done. Not even while we're shooting it. To be fair to Reeves, his point is just anything can go wrong at any point. We made the first movie and it was shelved for a year and a half. We were like it's done, never going to come out, no one's ever going to see it. It's a pain in the ass. It's not ever not a pain in the ass. Nothing has changed in a radical way. If it is, that'll be news.
Along with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, Bill and Ted Face the Music is also being penned by returning writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, while Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot will helm the picture. Described as a Christmas Carol-like story, the threequel will see the now-middle aged Bill and Ted coping with the mundane nature of their family lives, but when the fabric of space and time starts tearing apart, it forces them to finally start writing the epic song they were destined to create in order to save existence. Like in the first movie, this will require them to travel through time, only now they'll be accompanied by their daughters.
Bill and Ted Face the Music doesn't have an assigned release date yet, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for that information and more updates as they come in. For now, keep track of what movies will arrive in theaters later this year with our 2018 release schedule.