It’s been 21 years since the sounds of Wyld Stallyns rocked the Earth. Now, it seems as if the legendary duo of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan may return. Total Film reports that both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, the actors who played Bill and Ted, have made statements that a script for the third film is complete, they love it, and they’re working on getting the green light to make the film. The plot this time around is reportedly based on the fact that, after all these years, Bill and Ted have yet to actually save the world as they were supposed to do.
I’d be lying if I said there weren’t some concerns about a third Bill and Ted film this many years after the originals. Besides the fact that Bill and Ted’s actors are pushing 50, George Carlin passed away a few years ago. So it can’t have quite the same feel as the original movie about a pair of teenaged slackers. On the other hand… is there anything more quintessentially rock and roll than a pair of aging rockers still trying to hold on to their glory days, without any guidance on how to live their lives? If this is handled right — big “if”, but possible — it could be funny in a way that’s reminiscent of the prior movies while still being its own thing. Besides, Ted is arguably Keanu’s best role, and Bill is almost certainly Alex’s.
So personally, I’m holding out hope that this will, in fact, be excellent.