Bill & Ted Face the Music spoilers follow.
Bill and Ted’s long-awaited return is finally here, with the rocking, time-travelling duo heading on a new adventure to save the world in Bill & Ted Face the Music.
The new outing, which features Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter back in the titular roles, sees the two tasked with writing a song to save humanity.
However, we learn at the end of the movie that (spoilers) it was Bill and Ted’s daughters who wrote the song, with everyone uniting for a most excellent concert.
Yet the film’s co-writer Ed Solomon has revealed that the original ending wasn’t quite as upbeat, with the screenwriter describing it as “really small” in comparison.
“We had a scene at the beginning where 20 years ago they had put $100,000 down to rent the Rose Bowl for their triumphant 20th Reunion Tour, and when we meet them in the movie when it opens they have sold literally zero tickets,” he told Collider.
“We had a scene where they went to negotiate with the guy to try and get their money back and the guy was like, ‘No, you’re stuck’. The whole movie was moving towards this ending, and the guys were thinking, ‘Well obviously it must be at the Rose Bowl. Obviously we’re gonna fill the Rose Bowl with this triumphant song, we just don’t know how’.
“And the whole movie happens like it happens [in Face the Music], they go into the future, their lives get worse and worse, and they arrive at the Rose Bowl and it’s empty. There’s no instruments there. It didn’t happen. They failed.
“And they go home and they sit down in their living room, and you’re like one minute from the end of the movie. And they realise they failed, they feel like they failed, and then they hear music coming from the other room and they walk in and they look and see their kids and they realise it was never them, and the movie’s over.”
Solomon went on to reveal that Reeves and Winter thought the original ending was a “bummer”, adding: “We’ve had this experience on the first two Bill and Ted movies, where I thought a smaller ending [would be better].
“In Excellent Adventure the movie ended in the classroom, [with Bill and Ted bringing the historical figures in]… We went in and we reshot with the rock concert-y ending, and we rewrote the ending scene to make it bigger and more triumphant.
“And then we had to reshoot the ending of Bogus Journey as well, so we thought, ‘Alright, here at the end of Face the Music, are we gonna walk into this knowing we’re gonna have to reshoot it or are we actually gonna make it bigger and better?’ So we did.”
Bill & Ted Face the Music is out now in UK cinemas only and out in cinemas and on VOD in the US.
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