If you’re old enough, you’ll remember a vague period of time around the late-90’s and early-00’s when everyone was obsessed with Austin Powers. Every dude was dressed in a crushed velvet suit and glasses for Halloween, People who weren’t surfers began unironically saying “Groovy, baby”, and you couldn’t say “one million dollars” without putting a pinky finger to your lip.
Well, if Mike Myers has his way, that time will soon be back. The actor behind the once-ginormous franchise has revealed that an Austin Powers 4 is in the works.
Speaking with Access Hollywood during the premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody, Myers said that the return of the Shagadelic Super Spy is ‘looking good’. He added that the primary reason for the sixteen-year delay between franchise instalments was that he was raising children and that Austin Powers director Jay Roach was busy, but that progress on a new instalment is on track.
He later told Entertainment Tonight that he’d like to focus more on Dr Evil this time around, telling the movie from the famed antagonist’s perspective. “So it would be Dr. Evil 1, Austin Powers 4, is how I would roll,” he said.
Needless to say, a lot has changed since the last Austin Powers film, Goldmember, came out in 2002. Aside from the fact that the very Bond films Austin Powers was lampooning have completely reinvented themselves, his co-star in Goldmember, Beyonce, is a literal God now. Meanwhile, his other co-star Will Ferrell has formed his own successful movie career, and the man behind Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, has tragically passed away.
All that, and maybe jokes about Fat Bastards and shagging everyone aren’t exactly 2018’s speed?
Word of advice, Mike: We don’t want more Austin Powers. You know what we do want? More Shrek.
Give the people what they want, Mike. Give the people the All-Star Swamp-Dweller. I’m a believer, Mike.