I had the chance to sit down with Ed Solomon to talk about fatherhood, writing the The Bill & Ted Franchise and what this film trilogy means to him. Ed opens up about being a dad. He also talks about one of the most important decisions he had ever made in his life. He also talks about how the fatherhood theme is so crucial to Bill and Ted Face The Music. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.
About Ed Solomon
Ed Solomon became a professional writer at age 19. It started when he sold some jokes in the back room of The Comedy Store to comedian Jimmie Walker. He did it to impress a girl. By the time he was 21, while he was still a student at UCLA. He was a staff writer on the ABC sitcom Laverne and Shirley . He was the youngest person at the time in the WGA.
After graduating UCLA with a degree in economics, he went on to become a staff writer and producer on Showtime’s It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, an early cable hit that was often experimental and groundbreaking in its approach to television comedy.
With writing partner Chris Matheson, he developed the characters Bill & Ted, first as an improve sketch and then in the film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The film put them on the map as studio feature screenwriters. The worldwide hit generated a sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and the characters became so identified with the actors that Keanu Reeves has said, “When I die, my tombstone will read, ‘Here lies Ted.’” The third Bill & Ted movie, “Bill & Ted Face the Music” is in development with a script by Matheson & Solomon and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter set to reprise their roles. As a solo screenwriter, Solomon entered the A-List with the script for the first Men in Black, setting his signature style of visually innovative, intelligent, character-based comedy.
About Bill and Ted Face The Music
The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure. This happens when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life. They will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures and a few music legends!
About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast
The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.