Funny man Mike Myers has announced a fourth Austin Powers. The series began in 1997 with “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
The series spoofs spy flicks such as the “James Bond” movies.
The films have a talent for lovingly poking fun at the quirkiness of the spy genre, with ridiculous character names, gimmicky villains and one very promiscuous super spy.
All three of the “Powers” movies were commercial successes but it has been over a decade since the last film.
The challenge then for Myers and co. is to make a sequel that can live up to its predecessors.
The biggest reason I can see a new “Austin Powers” movie working is with the recent resurgence of Bond movies over the last six years there is plenty opportunity for Myers to put together a decent movie spoofing the new super seriousness and gritty edge of the Daniel Craig Bond flicks.
Personally when rewatching the trilogy I find they don’t hold up as much as I remember. Myers’ comedic style is hit and miss with me, with some occasionally inspired gags but undone by raunchy bathroom humor.
Ironically my favorite of the trilogy is “Goldmember,” widely regarded as the weakest of the series
I found it had the best writing and found myself laughing a lot more than the first two.
There is a lot of potential for a fourth movie, I only wish that the idea came together sooner so people wouldn’t feel it was beating a dead horse.