Get ready for a blast from the past, as Mike Myers hints that Austin Powers 4 could be moving forward again.
Launching in 1997 with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the action-comedy franchise follows a 1960s agent frozen for decades who must adjust to modern life while taking on his archenemy. A box-office hit, the first movie spawned two sequels, in 1999 and 2002. There were originally plans for a fourth installment, but the project has slipped into development hell.
Speaking to Access at the premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody, Myers confessed, "They take a long time to write, they always have. Jay [Roach] has been super-crazy, he's doing a fantastic movie right now that he's working on." Going back to the likelihood of seeing that groovy swinger back on screens soon, Myers admitted, "It's looking good."
Earlier this year, Myers revealed his own hopes for a Dr. Evil-centric movie set within the world of Austin Powers. Myers also played the bald-headed psychopath who went on to become a reformed villain by the end of the trilogy. Adding fuel to the fire of a Dr. Evil continuation, the actor told Access, "Well, you're going to see Dr. Evil soon ... somewhere in the culture." Although he didn't reveal what that meant, Myers teased an upcoming announcement.
The latest comments also suggest that Roach will be back in the director's chair, but there's no news on who else could join Myers. Bearing in mind the Austin Powers movies featured the likes of Seth Green, Heather Graham, Beyoncé, Michael Caine and Mindy Sterling, there's any number of stars who could return.
As far back as 2011, it was reported that Myers was working on Austin Powers 4. The interview confirms that Myers has been busy with his family and that Austin Powers has been put on the backburner. Unlike some of Myers' more recent movies, Austin Powers in Goldmember was a huge hit and earned $296.6 million worldwide.
With Johnny English Strikes Again hoping to cash in on the popularity of the spy spoof genre, another Austin Powers would also fit with the trend of long-awaited sequels like Zoolander 2, Finding Dory and Incredibles 2. A Dr. Evil spinoff or Austin Powers 4 could easily continue the success of the series, but fans will have to wait and see what Myers is working on.