Rumor: Bill & Ted Returning?

Speculation is reaching a fever pitch that the bodacious duo of dudes Bill & Ted might return for the 30th anniversary of HHN this September.  As you will recall, Bill & Ted gave their last Excellent Halloween Adventure Show in 2017 with a “farewell tour” bringing classic characters from their lengthly past back for one final show.

“Dudes, you’re history”! was the final cry on the final night, but speculation has been rife that a potential return of the dudes could be on the cards for HHN30, let us explain…

A Movie…

Bill & Ted have a glorious new movie being released in 2020, in fact, it is being released just days before HHN30 on August 21.  Bill & Ted Face the Music, starring the original duo of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will see the pair back for one further “triumphant” instalment of their classic time-travelling franchise.  And what better way is there for the movie to be cross-marketed but with a tie-in with the sure to be a huge year of HHN30.  After all, the pair is perhaps as well known for being at HHN as they are for their movies from 30 years ago, therefore their presence runs deep in the DNA of the HHN event.

Unofficial Fan Meetups…

In 2017 and again in 2018 a group of fans met up to have their own Bill & Ted fest in Orlando.  Missing the show at the event so much, they decided to hold their own gathering to celebrate the news that the old franchise was once again releasing a new movie for 2020.  If anything, this is where the rumors for HHN30 began!  Check out this interesting article by our pal Seth Kubersky on why HHN30 makes sense for a return of the popular show.

Surveys…

On both exit surveys from 2019 (where people with clipboards ask your opinion about the event as you exit the turnstiles) and from a number of select online surveys, Universal has apparently been asking the public about whether they felt Bill & Ted was missed at the event in HHN29.  So why would they potentially be asking this question?

Licensing…

The production company for the new movie have already licensed their image, story, logo etc to a whole swathe of upcoming products.  Announced and/or rumored products for 2020 with the duo include Bill & Ted’s Riff in Time board game, Wyld Stallyns apparel line, special edition Funko Pops, pins, and more!  Universal never formally announced the reason behind the dropping of the duo (though many conspiracy theories abound, though the B&T creators confirmed it was not their decision – see below), but if it was due to licensing it would suggest that with such an increase in openings for B&T licenses, might Universal be able to negotiate a licensed return for HHN30?

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Courtesy of Logan Sekulow

Movements…

Firmly in the rumor portion of this article is that apparently Operations staff have been told to plan around not using the Fear Factor Show Stage for any dancing performances for the Academy of Villains this year and that a rumored temporary stage is to be fitted in the park somewhere.  There’s no confirmation that AoV are even returning, it’s all just rumors that are popping up on a number of fan forums.  So if true, the stage would be free for B&T use or even for something else…

So there you have it.  It’s just speculation at this point.  Some people would love to have B&T back whereas others feel the event has moved on and doesn’t require them anymore. 

But what do you think?  Will they ever return?  Will you welcome that?  Let us know in the comments!

REMEMBER: EVERYTHING IS RUMOR UNTIL UNIVERSAL SAYS OTHERWISE

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