While “Bill & Ted 3” may not time travel on our screens anytime soon, Alex Winter is not wasting his time and talents waiting around. Winter, known best for his role as Bill S. Preston Esq. in the “Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure” franchise has successfully sold his Midwestern militia pitch to AMC.
AMC has been busy these past few weeks. Pulling in record numbers for the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead”, and ordering drama pilots from the executive producers of “Breaking Bad” and “Nikita” are just the beginnings of what AMC has in store of viewers. The network has apparently been busy searching for new dramas to add to its all-star show line-up, and Winter’s pitch is exactly what they were in the market for.
AMC has had some success in the past with western dramas, and so Winter’s Midwestern militia drama, which is slated to be called “Rights Of Bill” right now, may have a solid place with AMC viewers. The similarity in name between Winter’s “Bill And Ted” character and the series title are just a lucky coincidence, and if the project moves forward that name may change.
“Rights Of Bill” will be co-written by Winter’s writing partner Steven Pearl, and will centre on “a Sheriff who forms his own militia in Wisconsin, becoming both the law and an outlaw simultaneously.” Winter has been keeping himself busy, and successful, in the entertainment business since “Bill And Ted”, more recently playing roles in “Grand Piano” and “Bones” as well as directing the Napster documentary “Downloaded” coming out in 2013.