Certain movies just take on a life of their own, and in some cases there was just no way to predict the film’s ultimate status. In 1989, Keanu Reeves had barely hit the scene, and didn’t have a lot of draw on his own, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was as screwball a concept as you could imagine. Knocking out a goofy movie that takes place, in some part, in High School is never a bad idea, especially if you can do it on the cheap, but you could have got some good odds that this one wouldn’t manage enough attention for a sequel.
Well, now it’s getting another one, with Reeves and Alex Winter on board to return.
You’re likely to have heard creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon talking up a script for the revival sequel, and it has now been confirmed that they a script ready and Dean Parisot will direct.
Fans of the original films will probably have much to find excellent about the news, and hopefully it will inspire a new generation of potential fans to seek them out, but you have to wonder what the hell Bill and Ted might be doing some thirty years later.
Actually, the plot, though obviously riddled with the unexpected, isn’t too hard to predict, because Bill and Ted have a certain song to write.
The official synopsis (at the moment) lays things out just as you might imagine.
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.
It may sound good, but going back to the well after this long isn’t as easy as it might seem. It isn’t just that you have to revitalize these characters, or deal with the fact that the genre (if it ever existed) might not be as relevant today, but if the script goes wrong the whole thing can fall into self-mockery.
Is this a winner, or just a lazy money grab?
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