Friends, surely we can agree that 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a masterpiece. Or at the very least we can meet in the middle and admit that both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves really delivered stand out characters. Thanks of course to the script by both Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. Which is why it was such a joy the other day when Solomon totally revealed a few pages of their handwritten script for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure!
Real quick, in case you didn’t know. Ed Solomon has written for a lot of great films as well as TV shows. Just a few of the projects he has written for include It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Men in Black, Mom and Dad Save the World as well as the Now You See Me series.
Chris Matheson most certainly comes from a Family with a legacy for writing. As he is the Son of the late and great Richard Matheson and brother to Richard Christian Matheson. His eldest brother like his Father, has written numerous horror stories as well as working in TV and film. Now Chris not only co-wrote Bill & Ted’s Exellent Adventure but the 1991 sequel and even some episodes of the animated series. In addition to writing the script for 1995’s The Goofy Movie!
[Via] Sheldon Williamson
I need to give a huge thank you to io9 for the heads up on the original script pages for Bill & Ted that Solomon shared. On the writer’s Twitter account he offered five handwritten pages with commentary:
“I promised this to some people a while ago (sorry for the delay, had to get them down from storage again). These are very first pages from the original, hand-written draft of Bill & Ted, written in a coffee shop by Chris Matheson & me in what now seems like another life. 1/”
“Writing it was never anything other than a pure joy. It was hard, when in the mindset of these guys, not to feel the kind of ebullience and generosity of spirit that they embody. And we knew absolutely nothing about so-called “rules” of writing. 2/”
“We were guided by one thing: what made us laugh? I remember at one point looking across the table from each other and saying “Maybe someday somebody might even READ this script!” We had NO idea that they’d be so beautifully embodied by the great @alxwinter and Keanu Reeves. 3/”
“And of course, George Carlin, who we all so dearly miss. To me, the fans of this movie are like family. We never thought it would even get MADE, let alone find a home with people. 4/”
“Chris and I have often said to each other: if all we did in our career was put the phrase “Be Excellent To Each Other” out into the world, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Sometimes when work is tough, or things don’t land the way I’d hoped, I think about that and feel ok. 5/5″”
Ed Solomon is of course correct. That is an absolutely exceptional comment to have put out in the world. One to remember as well, friends.
You’ve had a chance to glance at the original script pages for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. So “Party On” with the mall sequence from the film!
[Via] Zachary Ruetz