Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, released in 1989, saw dynamic duo Bill Preston and ted Logan traveling through time to bring various historical figures together in order to avoid the horrendous fate of failing a school project. In 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, the intrepid numskulls went to Hell and back. A sequel which received mixed reviews, but was generally unimpressive compared to the first. Fast forward to 2010, and development sort of began on a third movie, but didn’t really get very far. Finally, here we are in 2016 where the project is at last coming together. Keanu Reeves, who will be returning to play Ted, states in an interview “We have a script, we have a director, we have a studio – we’re just trying to nail down a start date.” Naturally, Reeves will be joined on the stage by Bill’s original actor, Alex Winter.
After a trek through time and a hiatus in Hell, how will Bill and Ted raise the bar for this third outing? Why, it’s simple, my old chap. They’ll be going to the U.K in search of a song that can change history itself. More specifically, they’ll time travel around the British Isles and likely meet all sorts of historical figures and visit several major locations. And while it would appear that the writers felt only the British are worthy of topping a journey into the netherworld, something tells me I’d be able to watch Bill and Ted screw around with the Buckingham Palace guards all day long and not get sick of it. That is, I’d be able to watch the original Bill and Ted. With the two of them in their 40’s, it becomes much more dubious if they can pull off the zaniness so prevalent in the prequels.
With the original actors returning, it’s goodbye to the harebrained youths from the first two movies and hello to the ultimate question of how Bill and Ted’s personalities have changed over 25 years. Also up in the air is how the U.K. is going to top all the locations and times from the first movie and the abyss in the second. It seems a lackluster and very Hollywood-like choice (when was the last time you saw a movie without a British accent or some kind of British influence?). The studio in charge of the movie has some bodacious shoes to fill, and fans of the movies will be the final judges whether the movie is Excellent or Bogus. In the meantime, leave a comment with your best guess what the movie will be called.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.