Keanu Reeves said a whole lot of nothing about the possibility of taking part in another Bill & Ted movie. Actually, scratch that--it was just a little bit of nothing.
The next and as-yet-untitled Bill & Ted project does not include Reeves or former co-star Alex Winter, so don't get your hopes up there. But in talking about the project, he said that several years ago, he Winter had discussed doing a sequel when they turned 40. With that birthday well behind them both, he's now joking (at least I think it's a joke) that they instead might wait till they hit the big 5-0.
Reeves in the past has either expressed an unwillingness to do a sequel, or been vague about the prospect of cramming himself into a time-travelling phonebooth for another trip through history, and that's pretty much what he's saying today. At least he's not dismissing the prospect outright by running from the room so fast he leaves a vaguely Ted-shaped hole in the wall. But is there any real chance of a middle-aged Bill & Ted movie featuring the original stars? Does anyone really want one?
Before answering, remember Hollywood's tendency to add precocious kiddies to sequels that take place long after the originals. Think of the little sword-wielding moppet in The Legend of Zorro or that kid I pretended didn't exist in Superman Returns. Bill and Ted did hook up with those maidens from the past in Bogus Journey, so they'd probably have teenaged sons stuffed into the phonebooth with them.
Maybe if they wait long enough, someone will invent a real time machine. Then they can travel back to, oh, say... 1995... and make the sequel then. Get rid of the anticipation, the years of noncommittal answers from Reeves, and the chances of Bill Jr. and Ted Jr. asking their dads if phones really used to be so big and clunky.
So, you've probably been wondering what Alex Winter is up to. Winter exploded to superstardom as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as their subsequent bogus journey, and then created The Idiot Box for MTV and Freaked for circus/weed/Randy Quaid enthusiasts everywhere. Since then, he's been directing TV shows and music videos, and he's about to direct a follow-up to his smash-hit superhero movie from last year. ...You have no idea what movie we're talking about, do you?
Gag. In the interest of full disclosure before I even get into this story, I will admit to you right off the bat: Howard Stern, with his raunchy humor and more than a little misogynistic style, is not my favorite person. In the same spirit, I must also admit that like many, many other people in the greater Los Angeles area, I am one in a long line of people who has worked for Roger Corman, and being that he's a really nice guy and also gave me my first job out of college, I have a soft spot for the man. So imagine my surprise this morning upon finding out that my two worlds of like and hate have collided: Stern announced this morning that he will be producing a remake of the 1979 Corman classic Rock 'n' Roll High School.