From Wikipedia (because there’s no description on the official site):
“Now enduring the monotony of middle-aged life, William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan are warned by a visitor from the future of the need for them to create a song in 78 minutes that will save all life on Earth and the entire universe. The pair work with their families, old friends, famous musicians, and each other to complete the task”
You know those movies your dad likes and will quote incessantly? Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is one of those movies for my dad. I probably heard “Party on Dudes!” roughly a thousand times before middle school. Partially because of this, I’ve always had a strange affinity for the first Bill & Ted.
That said, I’ve always strongly felt like Bill & Ted is a perfect little cult franchise that comfortably exists within the time period it’s from. It’s a quintessential late 80s/early 90s slacker sci-fi comedy whose DVD is on the same shelf as Weird Science and Buckaroo Banzai.
Like all cult films, rumblings of a sequel have existed for years and years. But, for one reason or another, things don’t come together. In an interview with MTV Movies Blog back in 2010 Alex Winter (Bill Himself) stated that he and franchise screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon had allegedly been working on a script for “years and years” at that point.
I found following this timeline quite interesting. From Winter tweeting on April 24, 2011 that the script was done, to Keanu Reeves telling GQ in 2013 what the current draft looked, we can see that the basic plot remains the same (sans a few details here and there). Vulture even reported that Dean Parisot was attached as director back in 2012.
So, why the delay?
Well, the short version is that financiers didn’t see the project as profitable. In an interview with Digital Spy from 2018, Solomon stated that the film faced a few major hurdles.One is that the original film never saw a wide release, and even in the states it was a fairly small movie. The other is that the people they talked to (“hollywood” as Solomon put it) preferred the idea of a reboot with younger characters, because of course. In the interview, Ed Solomon even admits that he’s never really made much money from the two films, he and Matheson just love the characters and really wanted to make another one.
To hear further thoughts on Bill & Ted Face the Music, hosted above is our latest episode of Trailer Talk! Listen to Melvin and me banter about Bill & Ted Face the Music and several other movie trailers!
Description: Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.
Director: Dean Parisot
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, and Beck Bennett
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: August 28, 2020
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Daniel Braindead is a Producer and Cohost of Cinematic Doctrine. Combining his BA of Biblical Studies, brief study in Journalism, and an overdose of film trivia and film history, Daniel brings clarity and comedy to every episode of the Cinematic Doctrine podcast! His prowess for cultural understanding and biblical application always brings something new to the table.