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A few days ago an interview with Keanu Reeves surfaced where he talked about the possibility of a third “Bill & Ted” movie. From his tone and his joking demeanor, it sounded like he was just having fun kicking around the idea and talking out of his ass. Then again, maybe he wasn’t.
Curious about the third installment, MTV tracked down Bill S. Preston, Esquire himself, Alex Winter, and grilled him about the rumors.
“Now the cat’s out of the bag, and the truth is that, yeah, we have finally hit upon an idea that we think is pretty great.”
“We’ve been working on it for the past couple of years, honing that idea and getting it into shape,” he continued. “[Screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon] are working on it now. The bottom line is that we still all feel like we need to sit down and look at a script and see if it’s everything that it can be before we set about doing anything with it.”
“The essence of what we’ve always wanted to do is to make a ‘Bill & Ted’ movie,” he said. “We don’t want to make a cynical ‘here’s Bill and Ted — you guys are our kids, now YOU guys go be Bill and Ted and the franchise can live for another 25 years!’ It’s not that. It’s a straight up, what’s the funniest and most surprising take on where Bill and Ted would be right now if we stopped back in on them? That’s what we’re doing.”
He even talked about how they might potentially deal with the loss of a key cast member, George Carlin, who played Rufus, their time-travelling guide.
“We’re working our way through it right now,” said Winter. “It’s really complicated. He was such a big part of the spirit of the originals, and we’ve been trying to be clever about making a new one that can handle the Carlin issue. It’s actually stopped us in the past — why do it without Rufus? We’ve been delicate about moving around him.”
Thankfully, the thought of recasting Rufus has never even crossed Winter’s mind.
“That would be horrible,” he said. “That’s the thing about the movies — they’re personality-based. It’s Reeves’ personality when he’s doing comedy, it’s my personality and it was George’s personality. It doesn’t really work when you’re pretending that other people are those people, because there’s just not that much there [otherwise]. No, we’re definitely not going to recast Rufus.”
I didn’t expect this to ever actually happen, and though there is no script and no set timeline, it looks like the possibility is very real. On one hand I’m a little giddy about this, but on the other I am well aware of what a travesty it will most likely be. I’m not sure how to feel right now.