During an appearance on this week’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, Keanu Reeves teased plot details for Bill & Ted 3. “The writers had a story and we’re trying to make it,” Reeves said, explaining the possible film would pick up with the title characters (played by Alex Winter and Reeves) in their 50s.
“There’s a cool story. Basically, they’re supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven’t done that yet,” Reeves said. “So the pressure of having to save the world — their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them. But then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don’t write the song it’s just not the world, it’s the universe. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart.”
This isn’t the first time Reeves has discussed the film’s plot. All the way back in 2012, the John Wick: Chapter 2 star teased a similar plot for the threequel in an interview with GQ. “We go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us’ refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life,” Reeves said at the time. “In one version we’re in jail; in another, we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.”
In 2014, Winter explained that the process of making a third Bill & Ted film was ongoing.
“The thing we had going against us is that word got out,” he said in an interview with Yahoo. “That was kind of a bummer. It just takes a long time to put a movie together. Now we’re having to build this thing in public, which is fine. I just feel bad [the fans] have to get dragged through this long, boring, protracted process.”