The most excellent dudes in the universe could be returning soon, if a recent interview with actor Alex Winter is to be believed.
Winter, who played Bill S. Preston in the first two Bill and Ted films and the first season of a spinoff animated series, spoke about progress on the franchise’s long-gestating third film in an interview with Forbes while on the promotion circuit for his upcoming documentary on Frank Zappa. “We’ve been working on it for, like, six years,” he said (indeed, we reported on a progress update in 2013). “We’re knee-deep in the script, it’s been written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon who wrote the first two, they are fantastic writers, and the script is great. We have a script, we have a director, we have a studio—we’re just trying to nail down a start date.”
Winter also confirmed that Keanu Reeves will return as Ted “Theodore” Logan in the film, because there can’t be a Bill and Ted without Ted. As for a supporting cast, things are still up in the air, with the obvious sadness that George Carlin can’t return as the two protagonists’ time-traveling mentor. But the important news here is that Winter, Reeves and company seem to be on the verge of beginning production, which is excellent.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, for what it’s worth, landed at number 12 on our list of best time travel movies, which you can check out here.