Oh, behave! A fourth Austin Powers movie is on the way and closer than you think, according to star Mike Myers. Speaking to Access (video included below), he said, "You're gonna see Dr. Evil soon ... It's looking good," adding that the scripts have always taken a long time to write.
Finding time to sit down and write wasn't helped by the fact that he was raising three kids under the age of 7. Myers also touched on the fact that Austin Powers director Jay Roach has been "crazy" busy, currently working on a movie, which, per IMDb, is a Roger Ailes biopic.
The Austin Powers franchise launched in 1997 with International Man of Mystery, a parody of James Bond that soon carved out its own piece of pop culture iconography. Myers starred in the titular role as a '60s-era super-spy with a love of the word "shag" who finds himself out of time after being frozen for several decades.
The Wayne's World actor is also notable for playing multiple parts in the franchise, like Austin's archnemesis, the Blofeld-inspired Dr. Evil, a megalomaniacal genius whose penchant for pointing his pinky to the corner of his mouth is the stuff of legend; the Scottish-accented villain Fat Bastard with the memorable catchphrase "GET IN MAH BELLY!"; and the gold-loving Dutchman Goldmember, who enjoys eating his own peeling skin.
Thanks to its blend of physical and self-aware comedy, Austin Powers soon became a cultural phenomenon, spawning two sequels in 1999 (The Spy Who Shagged Me) and 2002 (In Goldmember), both of which attracted some major Hollywood names, like Michael Caine, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Elizabeth Hurley, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Heather Graham, Verne Troyer, Carrie Fisher, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Fred Savage, and more.
Myers has quietly been getting back into movies, with roles in the crime thriller Terminal (released back in May) and the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (out tomorrow). He's also reprised the role of Dr. Evil for surprise cameos on Saturday Night Live in recent years, proving that he's not sick of the character just yet.
In Goldmember, we learned that Austin and Dr. Evil had been brothers all along, so it will be interesting to see where the story goes next, especially since the world has changed so much since 2002. Perhaps they'll team up to take down Evil's son Scott (Seth Green), who swore a vengeance against Powers at the end of the third film.