While the fate of Bill & Ted Face the Music, a proposed third chapter in the Excellent franchise launched in 1989, is still up in the air, there’s no denying that fans are excited by the prospect of getting the band back together (that band being Wyld Stallyns, of course). But things might have gone much differently had an original idea for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure made it into the final product. In fact, it could have been totally bogus!
Recently, Bill & Ted’s co-scribe Ed Solomon shared some early production notes from way back in 1984, revealing that he and collaborator Chris Matheson considered sending the excellent dudes to Nazi Germany in order to kidnap Hitler for their history final. While the over-the-top nature of the film might have been enough to overshadow any perceived political incorrectness, I doubt Excellent Adventure would still be considered a classic if old Adolf had been a featured character!
Ultimately, the duo scrapped the idea—kind of: They replaced Hitler with Napoleon! Considering actor Terry Camilleri did a bang-up job in the role, I think we can all agree it was for the best!
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was followed by Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991. Word that production on Bill & Ted Face the Music began in June were followed by reports that the project had stalled in July. We’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to keep you up to date as details emerge. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, you can revisit the original trailer and synopsis for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin, below.
Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are high school buddies starting a band. However, they are about to fail their history class, which means Ted would be sent to military school. They receive help from Rufus (George Carlin), a traveler from a future where their band is the foundation for a perfect society. With the use of Rufus’ time machine, Bill and Ted travel to various points in history, returning with important figures to help them complete their final history presentation.
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