Universal Options "The Wicked + The Divine" for TV Adaptation
It’s been more than a year since Keanu Reeves dropped word that Bill & Ted creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon were close to completing the script for a third film in the franchise. Well, according to Vulture, the film is much further along than expected.
The site reports that Matheson and Solomon finished writing the film and have started shopping it around. MGM owns the rights to the previous two films — 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey — but the studio has farmed out other projects like the Valley Girl remake, which wound up at Paramount Pictures Reeves and Winter are both attached to return as Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esquire respectively. They even have a director attached: Dean Parisot, best known for Galaxy Quest and the upcoming RED 2.
The films follow the adventures of wannabe rockers who turn out to be incredibly important in the future. Rufus (George Carlin) travels from 2688 to 1988 and sends the boys throughout time to help them pass a history test that will allow them to eventually help create a utopian future. The sequel finds robot versions of Bill and Ted sent back in time to ruin their reputations while the originals face off against Death in a series of games to save their lives.
The only thing we know about the third film’s story came from Reeves last year when he said,”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. 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.”
With both Winter and Reeves approaching 50, it will be interesting to see how aging versions of Bill and Ted deal with not living up to their destiny. The film has yet to find a studio, and Parisot still has to film RED 2, so the actors might actually celebrate their half-centuries on set.