Bill and Ted are back, and they’re dealing with … hackers … I guess. Epix announced today that Keanu Reeves will narrate Deep Web, an original documentary feature directed by Reeves’ Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure co-star Alex Winter (the less said about their Bogus Journey, the better.) The documentary marks the first time the duo has reunited since 1993’s atrocious Freaked. Deep Web is currently slated to premiere at SXSW this weekend with a planned release on Epix sometime this spring.
Deep Web focuses on the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, who went under the handle “Dread Pirate Roberts” when he created and operated the deep-web black market known as The Silk Road. The film will feature yet-unheard interviews with the Ulbricht family, as well as Wired’s Andy Greenberg, the ACLU’s Christopher Soghoian, and Cindy Cohn, the legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. More than just telling the story of Ulbricht and his now-infamous creation, the film seeks to ponder just how Ulbricht’s trial will effect the future of the internet and free technology in general.
Along with directing the film, Winter also serves as writer and producer, with Marc Schiller and Glen Zipper serving as producers as well. The subject matter is right in Schiller and Zipper’s wheelhouse, as they last worked together on the fascinating Napster documentary, Downloaded. They will be backed by executive producer Seth Gordon, the man behind Mitt, Undefeated, and Freakonomics. It’s certainly ripe material and a highly interesting prospect for those who have been following the recent Net Neutrality decision, and the FCC’s controversial release of their specific regulations regarding Neutrality … or if you’ve recently caught up with the second season of House of Cards.