No way! It looks like the third entry in the classic Bill and Ted franchise is still moving forward. According to Vulture, Galaxy Quest filmmaker Dean Parisot, who also directed Jim Carrey in the remake of Fun with Dick and Jane, has signed on to helm the upcoming sequel. For 80’s geeks with an undying love for Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, this is certainly good news.
The project has been in the works for a while now, though, until recently, very little progress had been made. However, the addition of a director seems to indicate the production is still in the process of moving forward. Additionally, series creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson have reportedly been hard at work on the script.
MTV News reports that, back in April, Reeves seemed to think the follow-up was close to becoming an actuality. He even dropped some hints about what the boys will be up to in the third installment.
“When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn’t happened,” he explained. “So they’ve now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there’s an element of time and they have to go back.”
“Mr. Holland’s Opus” director Stephen Herek debuted Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure back in 1989. The film followed the exploits of two wanna-be high school rock stars who are on the cusp of failing their senior year. Since both Bill and Ted will ultimately write music that will change the world, an agent from the future is sent back in time to assist them with their history project. Instead of pointing them in the direction of a library, he gives them a time-traveling phone booth and tells them to learn the lessons of history first-hand from the people who made it.
Unfortunately, we may still have a while to wait before Bill and Ted 3 hits the big screen. Presently, Dean Parisot is working on Red 2 with Bruce Willis, while Keanu Reeves is directing his martial arts epic Man of Tai Chi.