Bill & Ted 3 screenwriter Ed Solomon revealed on social media that Death, played by William Sadler, is in the script for the long-awaited sequel. It's been nearly 30 years since Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and a lot has happened since then, but everybody involved in the new movie seem really passionate about getting it made. However, Bill and Ted 3 is still in the writing phase and has yet to secure funding at this time.
Screenwriter Ed Solomon co-created Bill and Ted with Chris Matheson and the two have been hard at work on Bill and Ted 3, though Solomon has been a bit more vocal about it. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are set to reprise their roles and it appears that Solomon wants to get William Sadler back to reprise his hilarious role as Death. Ed Solomon admits that the character has been written into the script and that he and Chris Matheson laughed a lot while writing the part. He had this to say.
"Bill crushed it as Death. And we laughed a lot writing him in BT3, so let's hope it's something that happens."
William Sadler's performance in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey was heavily inspired by Bengt Ekerot's Death in the Ingmar Bergman classic The Seventh Seal. In the Bergman movie, nobody could beat Death. However, Bill and Ted were able to win at some classic games and ended up winning Death over as a friend. Just the thought of Bill and Ted as middle-aged men hanging out with Death again is funny enough on its own.
Ed Solomon and Keanu Reeves have recently revealed that Bill and Ted 3, aka Bill and Ted Face the Music, will feature the titular characters as middle-aged men with marriages that are falling apart and children that dislike them. To make matters worse, the duo have to write a song to save the entire galaxy. In other words, it's perfectly Bill and Ted and it sounds perfect to be released now. So, what's the hold up, why has it taken so long to even hear about the story in Bill and Ted 3?
According to Ed Solomon, the next hurdle is trying to convince a studio that Bill and Ted 3 could actually make some money at the box office. It's been nearly 30 years since we last saw them on the big screen together and there might be some skepticism as to if these characters are still relevant in today's world. While a major studio might not take the gamble, perhaps Netflix will, and we can finally see what Bill and Ted are like in their advanced age. You can read about the possibility of William Sadler's Death making a comeback in Bill and Ted 3 via Ed Solomon's Twitter account below.
Bill CRUSHED it as Death. And we laughed a lot writing him in BT3 - so let’s hope it’s something that happens— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) February 18, 2018