Rumors of a Bill & Ted 3 have been floating around for years, and whenever stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are posed with the question, "Will it ever happen?" They always say the same thing, "Sure, we'd love to do it."

But in the 19 years since we last saw the duo in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, nothing has ever come of that idea. And news of an on-screen reunion between the two time-traveling, after-life traipsing rock and roll saviors pretty much died out once MGM announced a few years back that they were going to attempt a direct-to-video remake that would see both Bill and Ted's names changed, and their band going from The Wyld Stallyns to Atomic Gorillas. That idea has since been completely shelved. And in December of last year, Keanu Reeves made the press rounds in support of The Day the Earth Stood Still, declaring that he was actively trying to get Bill & Ted 3 greenlit.

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Now Alex Winter has confirmed that he is on board with this idea. Over the weekend, the most excellent one otherwise known as Bill S. Preston, Esquire attended a New Beverly retrospect of both Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. When asked about Bill & Ted 3, Alex Winter told the audience that plans for another chapter in this comedy franchise were currently being ironed out. He also explained that he had met with both Keanu Reeves and the original film's writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, and that they've been "kicking around ideas."

Alex Winter, who is currently directing a remake of The Gate, which is being shot in 3D, made it clear that they would only move forward on Bill & Ted 3 once the trio came up with a storyline they were all completely satisfied with. In saying that, he hinted that a lot of the story ideas were, "Far too dark for children to see."

As many people know, quite a bit of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, which was originally titled Bill and Ted Go to Hell, found itself on the cutting room floor when producers deemed it far too scary for the film's intended audience. Though these scenes have never been released on any of the thus-far released DVD incarnations of the movie, they are all featured in the original Marvel Comics adaptation that came out to coincide with the sequel's theatrical release. And pictures from these missing scenes have been circulating for years.

Bill & Ted 3 may touch on some of these discarded topics, and a popular theory about the storyline finds Bill and Ted having to deal with Little Ted and Little Bill, who are now Bill and Ted's age when they first embarked on their "most crucial turning point in history", which served as the basis of the original movie. The new film, which may incorporate elements of time travel, but not focus exclusively on it, could see Bill and Ted bumping into their younger selves via the same technology that brought us a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation.

After news of Bill & Ted 3 started to hit the Internet, Alex Winter decided to clarify things on his personal Twitter account by saying this:

"All I said about b&t @newbeverly is me, Keanu Reeves, Ed Solomon & Chris Matheson have kicked ideas around over the years. Everything else on the net is conjecture. Idea of a 3rd sequel is nothing more than a lark tho for now. fyi..."

We'll be sure to update this story as more official news comes in.

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