All the fans have been waiting for more than 25 years for Bill & Ted 3 to come alive, and over the last one decade, a question remains: what will happen to Rufus?
Rufus, a mentor to Bill S. Preston Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves), had been played by George Carlin who passed away in 2008 Ed Solomon had then revealed that the new movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music, will address the absence of Rufus.
“George Carlin is so deeply missed by all of us. There is a… not just an homage to him, it’s more than that. His absence is a part of the whole movie.”
We have all known that the story will be set in the present day, and will feature Ted and Bill as adults. The duo was supposed to write a song that would save the world. Solomon has also revealed that his favorite scenes from this script has Bill and Ted traveling back in time and visiting their past selves. Keanu Reeves had teased that there will be a wormhole involved and maybe this is how they may travel back in time. This is what he had to say about the scene:
“There’s actually a scene, one of my favourite 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. They return to that scene at the Circle K when Bill and Ted first meet themselves, only now they’re watching their younger selves and looking at the exuberance and joy that they had at that time in their lives. And they see Rufus, they see George Carlin. There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey, so George is a deep, deep part of it.”
This certainly does fall in line with an update that Alex Winter had given in 2014, and he had teased that this sequel will feature many Bill and Teds. Solomon confirmed that this movie, “keeps getting close” to a green-light, but it has not happened. Here is what Solomon had to say regarding the financing difficulties:
“We are having issues raising money for it, getting it financed, because what we get all the time, all the time, is people wanting to reboot it. It’s ‘Let’s do Bill & Ted with new teenagers’, but what we wanna do is the story of Bill and Ted as middle-aged men, and tell what we think could be a really funny, and actually really moving, story about their lives and where they are now – their families, their kids. (It) wasn’t released (widely) internationally and didn’t have a giant release in the States. But it’s one of those movies that has grown over time. I’m certain that whoever invests in this could make their money back, and hopefully a lot more. It’s never gonna be a movie that me and Chris Matheson get rich on. I’ve never made much money off of Bill & Ted. We never get profits from it, our salaries were very small from it, but it’s the one movie in my life that… if I’d never done anything but Bill & Ted, I would’ve been really happy. Chris and I have said this to each other many times, if the only thing we put into the world ever was this notion of ‘Be excellent to each other’, we could look each other in the eye and feel like we did something right. I really feel that, and I’m really proud of that.”
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have been rumored to reprise their roles and Dean Parisot has been attached to direct since August 2012.