‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’: Where and When You Can See the Keanu Reeves Sequel
Bill & Ted Face the Music released a new trailer on July 23, along with some very important news about when and where to see it. The film is one of many that experienced shifting release dates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is still opening, and you will have more options to see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reunite.
When we last saw ‘Bill and Ted’
In Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rufus (George Carlin) tells us that Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves)’s music will bring harmony to the universe. So he gives them a phone booth time machine to help them pass History class so they don’t get separated before that happens.
In Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, De Nomolos (Joss Ackland) tries to change the future by sending robots to kill Bill and Ted in the past. They make friends with Death (William Sadler) and traverse Heaven and Hell to save the universe again. In the end, they travel back in time to take intense music lessons and perform their universe saving song.
The new trailer to Bill & Ted Face the Music suggests that Bill’s father (Hal Landon Jr.) doesn’t believe they ever traveled through time or died and came back. They’re about to give up on their band Wyld Stallyns and they’re in couples therapy when someone (Kristen Schaal) comes from the future with another time machine. This time their daughters (Samara Weaving and Bridgette Lundy-Paine) come along for the adventure.
Bill and Ted face shifting release dates
Before the pandemic, Bill & Ted Face the Music was scheduled for release on Aug. 21. When other movies shifted their release dates, the film bumped up a week to Aug. 14. Then when Tenet kept pushing every two weeks, it moved back to Aug. 28. The release date is finally settled on Sept. 1. On Twitter, Winter promised to announce when worldwide audiences can see the film.
Now, if you’re worried it’s going to change again, there are reasons to be confident Bill & Ted Face the Music will stick to Sept. 1.
Bring Keanu Reeves home on VOD
Sept. 1 is a Tuesday. Movies usually release on a Friday for the weekend, or sometimes a Wednesday to get a jump on the weekend. Tuesdays are the usual release date for home video, which now includes VOD. Bill & Ted Face the Music will play in theaters, and be available at home on VOD.
Part of the release date delays have been to figure out when movie theaters would reopen. Many theater chains had plans to reopen in July, and some have in some cities. However, California ordered indoor businesses including movie theaters to close again just before AMC’s plans to reopen July 15.
The uncertainty of theaters even caused Warner Bros. to pull Tenet until they can formulate a worldwide release strategy. While it surely would have been excellent to see Bill & Ted Face the Music in theaters, there are some places where that just won’t be possible this summer. They could have delayed the film longer, as many have pushed all the way into 2021.
However, the film’s new strategy gives fans the best of both worlds. If you happen to live in a place where movie theaters are reopening with social distancing measures, you could attend a theatrical showing. It still won’t be the big crowd Bill & Ted would command under normal circumstances. For anyone without available theaters or who don’t feel safe leaving self-isolation yet, VOD brings Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter home in the safest way possible.