How Steven Soderbergh intervened to give Bill & Ted Face The Music a little, but potentially crucial, push forward.

Still on the release schedule for this coming August – and everything crossed that it stays there – is the eagerly-awaited Bill & Ted Face The Music. The third movie in the Bill & Ted series, it was a production long in development hell, that many of us had given up hope of ever actually seeing.

For a long time, Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot had been attached, and a screenplay was in place. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were both keen to reprise their lead roles. But would Hollywood give the greenlight? For a long time, the answer was no.

Now, of course, the film has been shot and is awaiting release. But it turns out that one of the people we may have to thank for that is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. In a new interview where he talks about a few different projects he has on his slate, he revealed his part in making Bill & Ted 3.

“My role was more as cheerleader than anything”, he said.

“The companies that own the rights to make a sequel, I called them up and said ‘this script’s hilarious, why aren’t we doing this?’”

He added that “we found a fantastic director, Dean Parisot, who I’ve known for a long time”, and what’s more, he’s now seen a cut of the film too. “It’s really good, and we’re almost done, and I feel like it’s the perfect movie for people who want to feel better about what’s happening right now”.

The full interview with Soderbergh is here. He’s listed as one of the executive producers on the new Bill & Ted film, that’s due on August 21st.

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