The age of the (delayed) sequel is truly upon us, and it has been for some time.
In the last few years we’ve had a second Independence Day film after a 20-year gap and a follow-up to Trainspotting after a similar gap, while this year will see the second of three new Jurassic Park films more than a decade after the third instalment in the original run.
We were also greeted by the news that the Bill & Ted franchise will get a third film nearly three decade after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – there’s clearly plenty of love out there for 90s cinema.
It was only a matter of time, therefore, until people started having conversations about Mike Myers’ Austin Powers character returning to the big screen.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – the first film in the franchise – was released in May 1997 and spawned two sequels: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember.
The third part of the trilogy came out in 2002, and this isn’t the first time there has been chat about a fourth film.
However, Myers – who played multiple characters in each of the three releases – has described the prospect of Austin Powers 4 as “a strong maybe”.
The Canadian actor made the comment at the premiere of his latest film, Terminal, which also stars Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg.
“I’ve had three kids in the last six years and that’s sort of been where my focus has been,” Myers said.
“But, you know, I love doing all the characters and it’s a non-stop party when we’re shooting. It’s fun.”
There have been suggestions a sequel might focus primarily on Dr Evil, using an interview with ET Online to urge fans to “start the campaign”.
The new Austin Powers film would be the first in the franchise since the original to not star Verne Troyer, who played the character Mini-Me, after the 49-year-old actor died earlier this year.
“It’s very, very hard to know I’m not going to see him, more than anything,” Myers said of his late co-star.
“He made something that on paper is not very much, and he made it much better than written. We gave him more and more to do as it went along and he knocked it out of the park.”