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It's funny how some stories can start off seeming like jokes, but then snowball into something legitimate. Such is the case with the proposed third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise. For a while now it has been reported that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, the actors who played the time-traveling dolts from 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'/'Bogus Journey,' were far more keen than expected to reprise the roles for a third film. Then we heard whispers that a script had been put together. Now it looks like a director has been hired. Dean Parisot ('Galaxy Quest') has been tapped for the gig by Bill & Ted creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who also wrote the script for the new film. The third film is said to not be a remake or reboot, but instead a look at where Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esq are today. Parisot will begin shooting the sequel to the spy comedy 'Red'in the spring, which should give this new project time to shop for a co-financier. MGM currently has the rights.
I really don't know how to feel about this one. Obviously it's beyond silly to pick up the story of Bill & Ted some two decades since we last saw them, however it's not as if the original film itself wasn't exceedingly goofy. It's an 80s cult comedy that has a following, but is not necessarily of classic enough status that we would be in danger of treading on holy ground by doing a third. To be clear, I love 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,' but I recognize its camp and its flaws. It's kind of intriguing me how excited Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are to come back to this franchise. Sure, Alex Winter isn't up to much these days, but it's fair to say Keanu found plenty of work after Bill & Ted hung up their phone and called it quits. I'll go ahead and say it, I'm morbidly curious. Dean Parisot isn't my favorite director, but I genuinely liked 'Galaxy Quest.' If 'Bill & Ted 3'has some of that same self-aware meta humor, this might actually work.
What do you guys think? Could a third 'Bill & Ted'movie work? Or will it be most heinous?