After being teased about the possibility for literally years, it’s finally happened: A third Bill & Ted movie has gotten the green light.
Bill & Ted Face the Music has officially been confirmed with original stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves set to reprise their roles as Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan, respectively. Also returning are the franchise’s creators, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who have penned the new film’s screenplay, along with producer Scott Kroopf, who produced the previous two Bill & Ted films. Steven Soderbergh is also attached to executive produce, while Galaxy Quest‘s Dean Parisot will direct. MGM will release the film in the U.S. and Canada under their recently-revived Orion Pictures banner, which should also strike a nostalgic chord with fans since Orion distributed the original films as well.
Reeves and Winter released a statement following the announcement, and it sounds as if they’re just as excited as the fans who’ve been waiting nearly 30 years for this sequel to get made. “We couldn’t be more excited to get the whole band back together again,” the two actors said, according to Deadline. “Chris and Ed wrote an amazing script, and with Dean at the helm, we’ve got a dream team.”
The film, which is currently in preproduction, has also released a plot synopsis of sorts, per Deadline:
When we last picked up with the most audacious dudes they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesied to save the universe with their rock ‘n’ roll, according to the production the new movie will see the two best friends as middle-aged men with family responsibilities who have yet to fulfill their destiny. They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns the duo that only their music can save life as we know it. Out of luck and inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on another time-travel adventure — with the help of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures and some sympathetic music legends — to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it.
No word yet on when the film will actually be released, but we at least know that it’s happening for real — and there’s nothing bogus about that.