Wyld Stallyns forever! Some 27 years after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reunite as Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston, respectively, for the long-anticipated third movie in the Bill & Ted series, titled Bill & Ted Face the Music. And, in the film’s plot synopsis, Bill and Ted have grown up dramatically into middle age.
On Tuesday, MGM/Orion Pictures and BLOOM announced Bill & Ted Face the Music, which will pick up over two decades after Bogus Journey. Now, Bill and Ted are family men who make a living as average composers. When a messenger from the future warns them to make their destiny-fulfilling rock ‘n roll or else the universe will perish, the two embark on another time travel adventure to get inspired. This time, they’re joined by “a new crop of historical figures,” as well as two new surprising elements: Their own two daughters.
Not only is it pretty surprising to see Bill and Ted not wind up as aimless burnouts, but that they have two young daughters who could take over the franchise mantle — if they’re cool enough. It is currently unknown who will play Bill and Ted’s radical offspring.
The official plot synopsis is below:
“When we last met Bill and Ted they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock and roll, middle age and the responsibilities of family have caught up with these two best friends who have not yet fulfilled their destiny. 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, Bill and Ted find much, much more than just a song.”
Bill & Ted Face the Music will be written by original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Men in Black). Dean Parisot, known for the 1998 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, is signed to direct.
Publicly, Reeves and Winter have been pursuing a third Bill & Ted movie since their reunion photoshoot in the March issue of Entertainment Weekly. But behind the scenes, work has been going on for a lot longer.
“Chris and Ed came to us in 2007 with the idea of doing it,” Reeves revealed. “They pitched us an idea. It sounded great.” But in show business, “There’s show and then there’s business,” he said.
The creators have tried multiple times to get Bill & Ted Face the Music officially rolling before 2018, but that the projects always stumbled. So Solomon and Matheson wrote a spec for the third film, because “We wanted to have it be something that we — all four of us, Chris and I, Alex and Keanu — could stand behind, and know we’re doing this for the right reasons.”
In the age of revivals, reboots, and spin-offs, it’s possible Bill & Ted Face the Music could reveal that the San Dimas High alums learn it’s not their music that saves the universe, but the next generation who they inspire. Whoa.
There is currently no release date for Bill & Ted Face the Music.