The Austin Powers franchise was one of the biggest deals of the late 90’s/early 00’s, a comedy powerhouse that was nigh unstoppable. But after completing the “Austin Powers trilogy”, comedian and former SNL personality Mike Myers spent the next decade voicing Shrek, bombing in The Love Guru, and generally staying off the silver screen (though he did pop up in a limited role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inlglorious Basterds). Many thought the Austin Powers franchise was dead, but it’s now been announced that Myers– or, rather, Austin Powers— is making a comeback. Read on for the news, my gentle Examiner readers…
Let’s get right to it, shall we? It’s been years since many of us even thought about Mike Myers’ Austin Powers franchise, but all that peace and quiet is over now: HitFix.com’s Drew McWeeny has confirmed that Myers has signed on to write and star in a fourth Austin Powers film. Here’s what they’re saying over at HitFix:
HitFix can now confirm that Mike Myers just closed his deal to return to the role. Yep. “Austin Powers 4” is coming, officially…No word yet on who will be directing.
If you were born after, say, 1995, you’re probably only familiar with the Austin Powers movies through DVD. Starting all the way back in 1998, the Austin Powers series got off to a rocky start: the first film, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, failed to set the box office on fire. But once the film hit DVD and home video, its popularity took off in a big way. Big enough, in fact, that Myers was able to find funding for a sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. That one ended up doing massive business at the box office (thanks in no small part– no pun intended– to Verne Troyer’s performance as “Mini-Me”) and led to 2002’s Austin Powers: Goldmember.
Over the course of the franchise, Myers was able to bring in a surprisingly powerful series of guest stars in cameo and walk-on roles, and for awhile there it seemed like the Austin Powers franchise might go on indefinitely. But by the time the third film came and went, a sense of “Austin Powers Fatigue” seemed to have set in– which can be largely attributed to jackasses doing Austin Powers impressions everywhere they went, particularly in bars, at parties, and whenever Halloween rolled around.
And so, Austin Powers was once mighty…but was then shunned by the masses. In the years since, Mike Myers has found massive success voicing the titular character in the Shrek series, but his last attempt to break ground on an original, live-action character– 2008’s The Love Guru— blew up in his face: critics savaged the movie, and audiences didn’t follow Myers from one franchise to the next.
Quite frankly, hearing that Myers will return in a fourth Austin Powers film is a bit of a shock: no one was clamoring for this film, the original trilogy’s director– Jay Roach– has moved on to other projects, and given The Love Guru‘s performance at the box office, it just seemed like something that would never come together. But if HitFix is correct– and they always are– we’ll be seeing a new Austin Powers film sooner rather than later. What do you think, folks? Excited about this, or not so much? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on Austin Powers 4 (whatever it might be titled) as it becomes available.
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