Time to party on
If you are a fan of the late 80’s and early 90’s “Bill and Ted” films, hold on to your inner Eddie Van Halen because the film’s beloved stars just announced a third installment is finally being released — a mere 31 years after the first film premiered.
“We want to thank you, the fans, because it looks like we might, actually, hopefully, make a movie this summer,” co-stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter said on Twitter, announcing the plan and release date to fans. And while everyone is patiently waiting for Summer 2020, they also want us to “be excellent.” Because, duh.
The film will be called Bill & Ted Face the Music and will follow the dopey duo as adults with families. “To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends,” the news release about the film said.
If you aren’t familiar with the first two films, please for the love go watch them now. They are everything that was righteous about being a teenager in the ’90s. Bill and Ted had their own band, the “Wyld Stallyns,” and obviously wanted to be famous. Enter time travel, a utopian society in the future based on music, their ability to get through school without failing, and throw in a little George Carlin — you’ve got yourself one excellent adventure, indeed.
“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” was released in 1989 and quickly became a cult classic, because who doesn’t dream of being able to time travel with a friend? Writer and directors Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (who will also be in involved in the latest film) quickly capitalized on the original film’s popularity, putting out Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991, and fans have been waiting patiently ever since for more of the pair’s shenanigans.
“Bill and Ted” isn’t the only show or film making a comeback from that era — and for good reason. We have such nostalgia about that time. Most of us were kids, had little responsibility, and generally felt like all was good in the world. So, basically the opposite of our current lives. Shows like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Carmen Sandiego, The Sandlot, and even Weird Science. Will they be as good or give us the same feels as they did back then? Who knows, but it’s worth a try.
Bottom line? Fans are asking and TV and filmmakers are listening to what we want. “It is all because of you guys, so we owe you a huge debt of gratitude and we want to say thank you,” Winter said. No, thank you, dudes.