Keanu Reeves has left quite a few hints over the years about a possible return to the franchise that first put him on the map in the Bill & Ted films. While we may never know if he was simply pulling our leg most of those times, his latest tease just may be on the level. In an interview with MTV at the Toronto Film Festival, Reeves was asked to elaborate on the latest Bill & Ted name-drop from earlier this year. His response actually seemed candid and full of info. As it happens, he's stoked at the possibility of returning with co-star Alex Winter to travel through time murdering the English language and battling "medieval dickweeds." According to Reeves, "I'm trying, I'm trying." So, dudes and dudettes, what should we expect from the possible return of this long-dormant, once huge and influential franchise?
As Reeves went on to comment on a reunion with Winter and original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon:
"We're trying. Alex and I are still friends and we're talking, and we're talking to Chris and Ed," Reeves said. "They're going to try and see if they can write something. To me, I'd love to play the role. I'd love to work with Alex and Chris and Ed again." Adding: "We'll see what they do. If it's a film that can stand up on its own ... and I'm meeting people now, they've shown the film to their kids," he added. "We just seek to entertain, and if that could be something that could be worthwhile, on its own ..."
Both films in 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (aka, Bill & Ted Go To Hell) were certifiable hits and (at least in the case of the first film,) was one of the most irreverently quoted films of the time. Even going on to spawn toys and a Saturday morning cartoon, it made its impact on popular culture before going into dormancy in the 90's. As it is now, they hold a good place in the hearts of fans who appreciate it as a snapshot of a point in time and for seeing a pre-superstardom Keanu Reeves playing...pretty much the same character he's played in anything.
On the franchise's possible place in today's world, Reeves comments:
"I was just pushed by the idea of this innocence being confronted by the nihilism of the world," he joked. "And I thought that these two clowns could push our perspective of reality and truth to the forefront of meaning and knowledge."
Anyone familiar with the series know that Bill & Ted's ultimate destiny (hey, that could be the new film's title) is to become the most famous and influential musicians on the planet with their band Wyld Stallyns. In fact, their music would supposedly bring about world peace and usher in the ultra-cool future full of silver robes, shades, and hot guitar riffs inexplicably sounding in the background. This film, (should it be made,) will be released over twenty years since the last and just may finally tell that story. -- Perhaps after they hop in their phone booth time machine with Gandhi, Teddy Roosevelt, William Wallace, and Martin Luther King.
Do the names Bill & Ted evoke happy memories of brilliantly absurd guilty pleasure late-80's comedies? -- That was a rhetorical question, btw. Of course it does!