According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM will release the film in the US under its Orion Picture Banners, while Bloom has secured the international distribution rights. Pre-production is now underway.
Entitled Bill & Ted Face the Music, it will mark the third installment in the franchise following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The film’s original writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, returned to pen the script for Face the Music.
“They’re supposed to save the world. But when we see them, they haven’t saved the world, and they’re married and have kids. And they’re playing to nobody,” Reeves previously said of the film’s plot. “But they have to write the song [to save the world]… and face the music!”
Per THR, here’s the full synopsis:
“They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, they find much, much more than just a song.”
Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, Red 2, Fun with Dick and Jane) will direct the film. In addition to Reeves and Winter reprising their roles as “Ted” Theodore Logan and “Bill” S. Preston Esq., respectively, Solomon has also promised some “delicious cameos.” Perhaps notably will be an appearance from George Carlin’s Rufus, despite the actor/comedian’s passing in 2008. “There’s actually a scene – one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie – where middle-aged, 50-year-old Bill and Ted return to the Circle K and see their teen selves and Rufus, and actually interact with their teenage selves, played by their actual teenage selves,” Soloman revealed.
More details, including a release date, are still forthcoming. Regardless, this is some excellent news.