It's hard for me to articulate how happy I was to hear this news today. Ever since I first watched Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure as a kid, followed by Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, I have been a huge fan. There was something about the fun-loving and sincere innocence of the characters that made a huge impression on me. In fact, to this day, my general life philosophy is to "be excellent to each other." You can't really go wrong with that sentiment.

If you've been a fan like me, then you'll recall that the fate of the world was to be forever altered in a most excellent way by the music that the then teenage Bill and Ted, aka Wyld Stallyns, would create someday. It was said it would bring harmony, peace, and prosperity to future generations.

Fast forward to present day, and we find middle-aged Bill and Ted still struggling to write the music that would happily bring about this more enlightened future. Yikes. No pressure. Talk about a mid-life crisis. From what we know thus far, that is the core dilemma in Bill and Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the Bill and Ted franchise, written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, and starring actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves.

After many years of working on the script and taking the copious amount of steps involved in climbing up the Hollywood mountain toward the green light that finally means "go," it has been officially announced that the movie is set for release next summer.

The world feels a bit crazy right now. Perhaps it always does and has and always will. Regardless, I think we could all use a bit more of the happy, generally good-hearted fun that Bill and Ted always seem to deliver. Sincerely, I think we need that world-changing music they're going to write more than ever...like in real life. Perhaps the best thing we could all aspire to right now is to "be excellent to each other."

And of course, "party on, dudes."

(Video from Game Spot Universe Trailers YouTube Channel.)