One of the most anticipated -- and often-teased -- sequels in Hollywood development right now is the as-yet-untitled third installment of the Bill and Ted franchise.
It's one that has often seemed like it was stalled, or dead, or forever being shunted to the back burner as one or more of its various creators was working on more high-profile, higher-paying projects.
Filmmaker Alex Winter, who played Bill S. Preston, Esquire, insists that the project is still very much alive, though -- and told The Next Web why 25 years after the last time the pair appeared onscreen together, there's still appeal...maybe more than ever.
"It's exciting to come back to the characters," Winter said of the screenplay, for which Winter, co-star Keanu Reeves and writer Ed Solomon are reportedly still seeking funding. "The fun thing about them is that they're ageless. You play them in terms of who they are spiritually. Their mannerism and physicality are not tied to age. We played them like 9-year-old kids. They still have that quality. The comic potential of that becomes even better as it becomes more discordant. It will be funnier because they're older."
When last we heard, this was to be the most epic -- and expensive -- Bill and Ted movie yet, something that was making the funding process more difficult. Still, with projects like Zoolander 2 and Wet Hot American Summer: The First Day of Camp popping up all over Hollywood, it's hard to imagine that a cult comedy that inspired an animated series, comic books, toys and more wouldn't strike somebody's fancy at the right price point.