In 1989 the world was shocked and surprised by two of the most unlikely heroes of all time. Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves), two slackers from California, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
With their biggest ambitions being to get out of high school and make it with their band Wyld Stallyns, imagine their consternation when they are approached by the time travelling Rufus (George Carlin) who tell them their music unites the world in a utopia where everyone is ‘excellent to each other’.
In a none too subtle homage Rufus takes Bill and Ted on an adventure through time in his time travelling phone booth (box). Bill and Ted encounter and collect various persons of historical importance to help them with their history presentation. Even if you’ve never seen the film, you can imagine some of the strangeness that happens and how things will turn out.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was followed by the less successful, but still charming, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991. Now, after nearly three decades since they first appeared, Bill and Ted are returning to the screen.
As reported by Mark Cassidy at Comic Book Movie:
‘There have been rumors of a third Bill and Ted movie for quite some time, but now it’s been officially confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reunite for another adventure almost 30 years after the first film was released.
According to the press release, original creators Chris Matheson (Imagine That) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Mosaic, Now You See Me) have written the script, while Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, Red 2, Fun With Dick and Jane) has been confirmed to direct. Scott Kroopf (Limitless) will produce together with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios, with Steven Soderbergh serving as an EP alongside Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr. and John Santilli.
“We couldn’t be more excited to get the whole band back together again,” said Reeves and Winter. “Chris and Ed wrote an amazing script, and with Dean at the helm we’ve got a dream team!”
In addition to this bodacious news, we have a synopsis which provides us with a great outline of the plot:
“Bill & Ted Face the Music will see the duo long past their days as time-traveling teenagers and now weighed down by middle age and the responsibilities of family. They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, they find much, much more than just a song.”’
While this is excellent news for us old fans, it will be interesting to see how Bill and Ted get on with the younger generations. Can the boys interest kids who spend most of their time glued to their mobiles and tablets? And how will the younger people feel about a utopia based on one band’s music when most music today revolves around the individual or the ’self’?
Regardless of what younger people may make of our intrepid duo, I, and many other fans, will be eagerly anticipating the release of a new music fuelled adventure from the 80’s least likely science fiction icons.