That a third Wyld Stallyns film was on its way has been in the news for some time now with stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, Bill S. Preston and Ted 'Theodore' Logan respectively, talking about putting the screenplay together. Some comedy prestige has also been added to the crew with Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot now at the helm.
Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the film follows the exploits of Bill and Ted as they struggle to write the song that is supposed to save humanity, as detailed in the first two films, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Reeves has been speaking to GQ about the plot:
"One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven't done it. So everybody is kind of like: 'Where is the song?' The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future 'us' refuses to tell us, and another future 'us' blames us for their lives because we didn't write the song, so they're living this terrible life. In one version we're in jail; in another we're at some kind of highway motel and they hate us."
The thought of everyone's favourite slackers having a mid-life crisis is extremely tantalising and in this age of reboots and remakes, I'm really impressed that they've stuck to continuing the story where Bogus Journey left off.
With both leads confident in the screenplay, enthusiasm for this sequel is increasing and the choice of director can only help. Galaxy Quest is one of the best comedies out there and the news that Parisot is in the director's chair has only made me desperate to see this third film get made.
Until then, be excellent to each other.