Yeah, baby! Austin Powers star Mike Myers says he's still interested in doing a fourth movie in the spy spoof series. Myers was already an established star thanks to his characters on Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s and early 1990s (and two SNL spinoff Wayne's World movies) when he introduced a new original character that made him a global phenomenon. Inspired by his late father – who introduced Myers to British cultural icons – the comedian created a groovy, '60s era super spy with very bad teeth for the big screen action romp Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Two decades and two more Austin Powers films later, it appears that the comedy great wants to revive the series. Myers – who played Austin and his sneering nemesis Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers trilogy – tells THR in an oral history feature to celebrate the 20th anniversary of International Man of Mystery (May 2) that he's game for more spy adventures. He says:
"I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father's death. But to have that turn into something that makes people happy is unbelievably satisfying. It's that kind of stuff you never get used to or get tired of."
The recollection of the first film for THR included director Jay Roach, as well as stars Elizabeth Hurley (Vanessa Kensington), Robert Wagner (Number Two), Mimi Rogers (Mrs. Kensington) and Seth Green (Scott Evil). The cast also included the late Carrie Fisher, who played a group therapist in a scene that included Dr. Evil and Scott. Recalling his work with Fisher, Myers says:
"I knew Carrie Fisher a little bit. I sent the script to her in the hopes that she would play the therapist. And she wrote a very lovely, supportive letter saying how much she loved the movie. She was so supportive during the shoot. She just kept giving me a hug and telling me, 'I just love this scene and how weird the choices are.'"
Only time will tell will whether there will be a fourth film in the Austin Powers franchise. Despite the global success of the Austin Powers sequels The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999, and Goldmember in 2002, Myers' attempts to make Austin Powers 4 in recent years have fizzled. Taking a break after making three blockbuster Shrek films from 2002 to 2007, Myers and co-writer Mike McCullers worked on a script for fourth film in 2008; and three years later, Myers signed to do Austin Powers 4, but the film never materialized. With any luck, the gathering of several creatives who made International Man of Mystery such a groovy time will rejuvenate interest in the franchise.
We'll keep you updated on Austin Powers 4 as more information becomes available.