Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Part 3 spoiler alert: Let there be ... writer's block?
The world according to Bill & Ted can be quickly summarized like this. There's Part 1, with So-Crates and Beeth-Oven. There's Part 2, with Death ... and really nothing else that we remember. And now there's Part 3 -- maybe -- about ... well, let's allow Keanu Reeves to explain.
"We have a nice story. We'll see if anyone else wants to make it," Reeves recently told GQ magazine in an interview I'd definitely recommend reading. "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."
So Part 3 is about writer's block? Oh, I feel your pain. Try writing about Hollywood's bad ideas for sequels day after day, Keanu.
Ah, hell. You know I'm going to see it anyway. And according to Indiewire, it appears the project is going well. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is now attached to direct.
BTW, in conducting my vast research on the esteemed history of Bill & Ted (yeah, right, I know it all by heart), here are three things I bet you didn't know about the original 1989 movie:
SWITCHING CHANNELS: Originally, Alex Winter auditioned for the role of Ted and Reeves auditioned for the role of Bill.
RAISING ARIZONA: Despite the film's story being based in San Dimas, Calif., much of the film was shot in Arizona. The waterpark was the Golfland/Sunsplash waterpark in Mesa. Circle K scenes were done at a store in Tempe. The exterior shots of Bill and Ted's high school are of Coronado High School in Scottsdale. (Auditorium scenes were shot at now-demolished East High School in Phoenix.) And every scene at the "San Dimas mall" were filmed at the MetroCenter Mall in Phoenix.
PRETTY IN PINK: On the cover of the British VHS re-release of the film in 1997, there is a picture of Bill and Ted wearing tuxedos, linking arms with their princesses. It's from a deleted high school prom scene, which would have appeared near the end of the film.