Bill & Ted Face the Music will now release to video on demand platforms on August 28, a few days earlier than the September 1 date announced at Comic Con International's Comic-Con @ Home panel, according to franchise star Alex Winter. This gives the film a full week in release at select theaters and on VOD before it has to compete with Mulan, which will now head to Disney+ and select theaters on September 4. This is the latest in a series of changing release dates for Bill & Ted Face the Music, the first new movie to feature the characters in almost 20 years.
The film's international release dates have stil not yet been finalized. Winter promised fans that those dates will be coming soon.
The announcement came as Orion Pictures dropped a new featurette in support of the movie, which reunites Winter with Keanu Reeves in the roles they first played in 1989. Following the surprise blockbuster that was Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Winter and Reeves returned to their title roles for 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
Since then, the pair -- as well as writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson -- have consistently had to field questions about the possibility of a third movie featuring the characters, a pair of slackers who discover that in the future, world peace is achieved as a result of the music of Wyld Stallyns, a rock band they founded in their garage. In the first film, a time-traveler named Rufus (George Carlin) allowed the pair to use a time machine that gave them a leg up on passing an important high school history presentation. The second film saw them killed and sent to Hell, where they had to defeat the Grim Reaper in order to be revived.
In the third film, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the now-middle-aged Bill and Ted have not yet written the song that kickstarts their world-altering careers, and the future is getting anxious. As reality starts to unravel, there is a literal ticking clock on Bill and Ted to fulfill their destiny. The pair elect to time-travel to the future -- or more accurately various alternate futures -- to steal the song from their future selves and set the timestream on the right path. Hal Landon, Jr. returns as Ted's father, Amy Stoch as his stepmother (who was Bill's stepmother in the first film), and The Flash veteran William Sadler reprises his role as Death, the Grim Reaper who is really bad at basically every game he tries to play -- but pretty killer on bass.
Solomon and Matheson wrote Bill & Ted Face the Music, which was directed by Galaxy Quest's Dean Parisot.
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