Mike Myers has given fans of his Austin Powers film franchise hope for a new sequel after insisting the chances of another instalment are “looking good”.
The comedy icon has long considered reprising his role as the quirky 1960s spy, and his nemesis Dr. Evil, for a fourth movie, and now, 21 years after the first release, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the actor’s plans are finally starting to take shape.
Myers was asked about the possibility of another sequel during an appearance on breakfast show Good Morning America, and initially tried to dodge the question.
“I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of a movie, should a movie like that exist or not exist,” he quipped.
Dropping the act, he then gave fans an update on the proposed project’s progress.
“It’s looking good, so, we’ll see,” the 55-year-old said.
However, he suggested getting everything in place would take a little while longer, because he has to juggle his career with life as a father of three.
“It takes a lot of time,” Myers shared. “I have three kids now, so the last six years, (have been focused on) three kids under six…”
“Mostly what I try to do is stuff outside my house…!” he joked, admitting raising children with his wife of eight years, Kelly Tisdale, has made him pick less time-consuming gigs.
“I’ve been developing stuff and doing small parts…, just stuff that didn’t keep me far away from my family, so we’ll see what happens,” he added.
One person who will be rooting for Myers‘ return as Austin Powers is his eldest kid, six-year-old son Spike, and after telling him all about dad’s movie career when he was young, the boy has since become his father’s biggest devotee.
“We’re at some cottage.. and it was raining and we were under a tent, and he turns to me and says, ‘Dada, can I tell you a secret…? I’m your number one fan!’,” he recalled.
“So we’re walking through New York and there’s like 10 Austin Powers (impersonators), and about five Wayne’s Worlds (sic) and about 25 Dr. Evils, and he’s like, ‘That’s my dad!’ So I think we did the right thing.”
In addition to International Man of Mystery, Myers starred in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002.
The latter two also featured actor Verne Troyer as his Mini-Me. He died in April (18), aged 49.