A fourth Austin Powers flick? Yes, honey, yes!
Mike Myers is alerting fans to a potential, long-awaited sequel to the popular spy spoof series.
However, the comedian claimed in a recent interview that he is not at liberty to reveal top-secret Hollywood information.
“I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of such a project, whether it exists or not,” he told listeners in a recent interview on SiriusXM, according to The Independent.
The former Saturday Night Live cast member added that he would “love to” do a sequel to the story of the “International Man of Mystery” — a swinging secret agent who’s been traveling through time since the 1960s and is now spitting out 20 more years into the future since the third installment.
Myers refused to give in to his goading host, who was pushing for confirmation.
“It was an unconfirmed confirmation,” Myers pointed out.
The first Austin Powers film styled after James Bond’s feminine approach premiered in 1997, with Myers deftly playing two lead roles – the main character Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil – alongside co-stars Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Wagner and Seth Green, Michael York and Mindy Sterling. Hurley’s role as Austin’s romantic chase was replaced by another bombshell, Heather Graham, for the 1999 sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The third film, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was Beyoncé’s big screen debut in 2002.
The possibility of a fourth Austin Powers has been around since the third part left theaters. In fact, it seems Myers rarely got through an interview without asking questions about it. He told Entertainment Weekly back in 2005 that he “missed” the characters, and two years later he revealed to IGN that he already had “a fully fleshed out idea” for another sequel.
After a decade of hints, the prospect still “looked good” in 2018. Director Jay Roach has also expressed interest in reviving the story on several occasions, only in 2020.
Myers, 58, is currently promoting his new show, The Pentaverate, in which he portrays eight different (rather than caricature) characters. According to Netflix, the “comedy event series”, which premieres on Thursday, dares to answer the question: “What if a secret society influenced world affairs for the common good since the Black Plague?” Other leading roles are played by Jennifer Saunders ( Absolutely Fabulous), Debi Mazar, Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key, Lydia West (It’s a Sin) and Richard McCabe (The Constant Gardener).
The Canadian comedian, whose family hails from the UK, has been in retirement since the blockbuster success of the Austin Powers trilogy and the subsequent dismal returns of his 2008 creation The Love Guru.
In 2018, the Wayne’s World actor re-emerged as the host of the revived variety series Gong Show, despite heavily masquerading in prosthetics as a gregarious English compere named Tommy Maitland. That same year, he scored screen time in the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Myer’s latest The Pentaverate is available to stream on Netflix starting Thursday, May 5th.