On Monday we learned the most excellent news from Keanu Reeves himself that plans are in the works to make a long-awaited sequel to the bodacious 90’s films Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Today we learn from actor Alex Winter, the Bill of Bill & Ted, that YES they are working on making a new film … in fact, a new Bill & Ted film is already in development!
“We kicked around the idea over the years and had always thought if we could make something that was as kind of genuine in spirit as the originals and without falling prey to kind of retro cynicism or something that was unnecessary, it would be worth doing,” Winter told MTV’s Adam Rosenberg in an interview arranged, amusingly, via Twitter. “Now the cat’s out of the bag, and the truth is that, yeah, we have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great.” “We’ve been working on it for the past couple of years, honing that idea and getting it into shape,” he continued. “[Screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon] are working on it now. The bottom line is that we still all feel like we need to sit down and look at a script and see if it’s everything that it can be before we set about doing anything with it.” Winter wasn’t able to divulge much about what “Bill & Ted 3″ will focus on, though he emphasized that the movie won’t be “cynical.” “The essence of what we’ve always wanted to do is to make a ‘Bill & Ted’ movie,” he said. “We don’t want to make a cynical ‘here’s Bill and Ted — you guys are our kids, now YOU guys go be Bill and Ted and the franchise can live for another 25 years!’ It’s not that. It’s a straight up, what’s the funniest and most surprising take on where Bill and Ted would be right now if we stopped back in on them? That’s what we’re doing.” One of the biggest obstacles facing the project, according to Winter, is figuring out how to deal with the absence of the late George Carlin, who famously played the time-traveling Rufus. “We’re working our way through it right now,” said Winter. “It’s really complicated. He was such a big part of the spirit of the originals, and we’ve been trying to be clever about making a new one that can handle the Carlin issue. It’s actually stopped us in the past — why do it without Rufus? We’ve been delicate about moving around him.” Thankfully, the thought of recasting Rufus has never even crossed Winter’s mind. “That would be horrible,” he said. “That’s the thing about the movies — they’re personality-based. It’s Reeves’ personality when he’s doing comedy, it’s my personality and it was George’s personality. It doesn’t really work when you’re pretending that other people are those people, because there’s just not that much there [otherwise]. No, we’re definitely not going to recast Rufus.”
OMG … this is all just amazing to hear. I have been a big fan of Alex Winter for years, even outside the Bill & Ted films. He had a show in the 90’s on MTV called Liquid Television which was kinda what Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network is like today (you can watch some of Liquid Television HERE). It was a show of animated shorts that introduced the world to Beavis & Butthead and Aeon Flux. He also starred in little video vignettes on the show which were very funny. I always wondered what became of Alex Winter … I’m glad to hear that he’s been hard at work on developing a new Bill & Ted film. At this early stage in development, there is no proposed release date for the film … but the fact that they are already talking very publicly about the project means we may hear something soon about filming production and filming. I can’t even tell you … I am so excited by this news … Most Excellent, indeed!