After consuming the ambitious 2002 misfire “Austin Powers in Goldmember”, I realized I was done with the franchise. The jokes were completely played out, the characters were stretched to their breaking point, and Myers himself just looked tired of the whole shebang. However, after the cinematic failure that was “The Love Guru”, Myers is heading back to material that he knows by heart. So is it really that surprising that “Austin Powers 4” is currently in the works? Given the industry’s obsession with sequels, I’d say not really.
As of this writing, there’s no director on-board, and no one really seems to know which direction Myers and company are heading with the next installment. I’m sure they won’t muck with the formula too much, as Myers seems pretty comfortable with these characters at this point. Whether or not the fanbase is will there remains to be seen, though, after roughly nine years, I’m sure people will be more than willing to revisit the franchise.
Yeah, baby? We shall see, Mr. Powers. We shall see.