Keanu Reeves on what's holding up Bill & Ted 3

News Simon Brew 16 Sep 2013 - 06:31
Bill and Ted...

There's a "darkness" that's stopping Bill & Ted 3 from happening, admits Keanu Reeves...

Work, if all had gone to plan, was supposed to have started on Bill & Ted 3 by now. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are both keen to return, whilst Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, RED 2) signed on to direct last year. Furthermore, the script to the movie is reportedly locked and in place too. So what's the hold up?

In a new interview with MTV, Keanu Reeves has admitted "it's a long story. There's lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories". Confirming that the script is in place, he said "there's all sorts of stuff and it just can't... it's just... there's darkness out there that's keeping it from happening. It's not winning right now. It's that part of the story where it's looking grum. It's the dark period of the idea".

What the darkness actually is isn't something that Reeves expanded upon (there had been talk of more script work being done over the summer), but it can't help but shed some doubt on whether Bill & Ted 3 is actually going to happen. The signs don't look too positive, it seems.

We'll keep you posted as we hear more on it.


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it's awful when things look grum.

So it's definitely not being held up by Alex Winter's incredibly busy movie schedule then?

You see, I wasn't sure if that was a typo or just some adjective Keanu Reeves believes exists.

I'm glad he's cleared that up then. I now know nothing more than before I read this article.

This is a movie that never would, could or should happen.

I think I've said it before on here, but the only way to do this movie is to make it a midquel and set it during the finale of Bogus Journey, when Bill and Ted jump into the booth to learn how to be rockgods. The finale would then be The Battle of the Bands. Again.

Slight problem that Keanu, Alex and the ladies look 20 years older now.

Nah, it's not going to work, is it?. This is even less promising than a GhostBusters III without Bill Murray.

What on earth is he going about


I hope this film never gets made.

How much did people want a new Indiana Jones movie? And how much did it suck?

I rest my case.

Some films are just great in their time. Bill and Ted is certainly one of them.

I agree there is no need for it. To me it seems Reeves himself has grown out of this and left it far behind, it seems unnecessary to revisit the character.

The only way I could see it working would be if they allowed the characters to age (in a manner that takes the concept to its logical conclusions) in the same manner as 'Richie and Eddie' in Bottom were basically the aged extensions of 'Rick and Vivian' in The Young Ones. Was a sequel series in all but name, and it worked because they were aware of how much darker and sadder the same jokes could be now that the characters were miserable failed adults instead of moronic uni students (meaning the humour could be tweaked enough that it didn't feel like a mere retread of the Young Ones, despite being essentially a full-episode version of the 'Rick and Vivian pratfall humour' scenes from the Young Ones).

But the likelihood of Hollywood actually doing something like that is about the same as the likelihood of Hollywood regaining its capacity to produce enough original scripts each year to not be massively reliant on sequels and remakes.

I'm not sure where they could go?

At the end of the 2nd one, we saw them travel into the future, learn how to play, come back and wow the crowd.

Then apparently their music saves the World and the future is all sorted.

All I can think of now is maybe people go off their music as it is all dated? Maybe 2 new artists come along (Dub Step DJs or something crap like that) and threaten to turn San Dimas and the World upside down and lead us into World War 3 or something?

I dunno.

It just doesnt need to happen does it! If you have to struggle to come up with something, then just leave it well alone.

Yeah. The darkness and the grumness combined sound really bad.

If you remember the end of the second movie it wasn't actually them saving the world with their music, just them having an amazingly successful debut performance. The rest was a kind of condensed timescale epilogue over the credits. Apparently the 3rd movie is with them having had success - but nothing that has transcended the medium. They are well liked artists, but they have yet to write the "ultimate song" and are frankly having a little trouble living up to their destiny. And it is set in the present day, so they are feeling the years that have passed since the last movie. Somehow they go on another excellent adventure and discover what they need to write the ultimate song, that's the movie.

For the record, I wanted a new Indiana Jones movie. And I liked it. :-)

Maybe its halfway between grim and glum?

Most untriumphant!

I'll never understand people who don't want things made. At all. It's not like it has any effect on the fact anything else exists, and nobody is forcing you to see it. So why even bother complaining at all?

The second movie ended with world peace being achieved but Rufus had said at the end of the first film that their music will align the planets and bring universal harmony - allowing meaningful contact with all forms of life. As this has not yet happened, surely the 3rd film will have alien species, talking animals and some sort of cosmic event. A lot of people hated aliens in the Indiana Jones movie but if its done with comedic intent, maybe they can do a good job here...

This film doesn't need to get made, but made or not, it won't affect my life either way. My childhood won't be ruined. A lot of tools seem to think theirs will be when films like this are made. Odd.

Actually, he is busy... as a Director.

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