Austin Powers 3
austin powers 3 (2002) (USA: working title)
Next Installment of austin powers 3, The (2002) (USA: working
Third Installment of 'austin powers 3', The (2002) (USA: working
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS
Mike Myers (Goldmember, Austin Powers, Fat Bastard, Dr. Evil),
Michael Caine (Nigel Powers), Beyonce Knowles (Foxy Cleopatra),
Seth Green (Scott Evil), Heather Graham (cameo), Katie Couric
(cameo), Danny DeVito (cameo), Quincy Jones (cameo), Ozzy Osbourne
and the Osbournes (cameos), Gwyneth Paltrow (cameo), Fred Savage,
Britney Spears (cameo), Kevin Spacey (cameo), Mindy Sterling,
Verne Troyer (Mini-Me), Robert Wagner (Number 2), Michael York,
Josh Zuckerman (young Dr. Evil); among those currently (11/14/01)
in talks to return are Rob Lowe (Young Number 2); other cast not
announced yet. It's not yet known if Will Ferrell will also be
returning. It's also worth noting that both films featured many
of the same character actors (Clint Howard, Charles Napier, etc),
in different parts. This may be a continued theme.
There's no official subtitle for this film yet, but fans online
are having plenty of fun making them up. Basically, you take a
movie title (preferably James Bond), twist it into a double-entendre,
and voila, you've got an austin powers 3 title. This site will
not be printing any of the rumored titles until it's vaguely official
(ie, from either Mike Myers or New Line Cinema). (9/6/01) Austin
Powers in Goldmember is it. (1/26/02) Not so fast. E! Online reported
yesterday that MGM sent a cease-and-desist order to New Line,
over the parody of their Bond property, Goldfinger, resulting
in the recall of all posters, teasers, images, etc. with that
title, including the official site, which had already been fully
launched. Now, New Line has to go back to the drawing board...
egads. (1/29/02) The working title New Line Cinema is now using
is The Next Austin Powers Movie. (4/9/02) Variety reports that
negotiations are underway that would allow New Line to use their
original title after all, but they are not yet finalized. (4/11/02)
New Line Cinema has officially informed me that the title is back
to ...Goldmember. (11/6/00) Jay Roach told Salon recently that
this film will probably be a prequel. (11/20/00) Popcorn.co.uk
provides a bit more information from an interview with Roach.
One possible concept would show Dr. Evil and Austin as trainees
in an academy, where some sort of incident would then set them
down their different paths, and we see how they first duel it
out. Also, we would see how Austin had a hand in the 1960's "British
(12/28/00) Rush and Malloy, NY Daily News columnists, reported
this week that Mike Myers is "courting" (I love the
use of that word, taken out of its context and stuck into business...
"sounds sexy") Sean Connery to play Austin's dad, in
this film set mostly in the 1950's and early 1960's. They say
that Connery is "cool" to the idea, which is to say
he's not "cool" about it. That other, older meaning
of the word "cool" has taken a back seat to the one
the Fonz helped popularize by now, that it can get confusing.
In other words, Connery doesn't think it's such a great idea.
Expect more money to be flashed his way... maybe that will "warm"
him up to the role.
Maybe Roger Moore is free? George Lazenby even? (1/13/01) Someone
wrote in to say that Mike Myers was on KSJO 92.3 in San Jose,
where he reportedly said that he's hoping to sign Jennifer Lopez
to costar. This is unconfirmed. (2/27/01) Variety confirms that
plans for this film are moving ahead, with Mike Myers reportedly
to receive $25 million against 21% of the gross profits. Covering
the same story, The Hollywood Reporter gets the scoop that filming
is hoped to start as soon as late in 2001, so this can reach theaters
(4/30/01) New Line has added this film to their tentative release
schedule for 2002, aiming for next summer. (5/6/01) See added
notes to the left about Heather Graham's Felicity Shagwell. (8/18/01)
An unconfirmed rumor/report at AICN confirms the Sean Connery
idea, but also throws Tom Cruise in as a possible supporting character.
(8/30/01) Production has been confirmed as starting sometime
in the next few months, this fall, 2001. (9/6/01) A piece by Michael
Fleming in today's Variety has a ton of news, including the title
and the release date. Mike Myers is upping the ante (he's going
to make at least $25 million on this role), now playing four major
roles, introducing the mysterious "Goldmember" (though
I think it probably means exactly what you think it means, just
like, say "Fat Bastard"). (10/4/01) Variety reports
that Michael Caine is aboard to play Captain Hendricks, a Royal
Navy security officer.
(10/5/01) First off, something I forgot to mention yesterday.
My hunch about the Michael Caine casting is that it may be the
"next best thing" choice to the rumors that Sean Connery
was being sought to play austin powers 3's father. Although James
Bond (and austin powers 3's hairy chest) are obvious inspirations
for Austin, Myers has also expressed fondness for Caine's 1960's/1970's
Next up, I should note that there are rumors (at Dark Horizons
and then, AICN) that New Line is casting very tiny men (under
3 feet), leading people to suspect that perhaps Verne Troyer has
dropped out as Mini-Me. Maybe he has... or maybe there's just
some sequence or role that requires another Mini-Me (like what
if Mini-Me cloned himself like Dr. Evil did to make Mini-Me?).
Finally, the title has been confirmed as austin powers 3 in Goldmember...
yes, yet another entendre spin. (10/11/01) According to The Hollywood
Reporter, Beyonce Knowles (no relation to Harry of AICN), who's
in a pop singing group called "Destiny's Child", has
nabbed the top female lead. (10/18/01) Corona reports that New
Line will be holding a casting call for young actors (16-22) in
Los Angeles on October 20th, 2001, to play young versions of Austin,
#2, Basil, and Dr. Evil. (11/14/01) Variety reports that Seth
Green has signed on to return as Scott Evil, botching rumors (ie,
speculation) that it would be set entirely in the past. (11/21/01)
Indeed. Michael Fleming of Variety reports that Britney Spears
and Quincy Jones will put in cameo appearances as themselves.
(12/3/01) IGN FilmForce reports that the young Dr. Evil will
be played by a teen actor named Josh Zuckerman. (12/8/01) Michael
Fleming of Variety reports that Danny DeVito, Gwyneth Paltrow
and Kevin Spacey will also have cameos as themselves. Also, a
story at the the British news/rumor site, Ananova, claims that
British actress Nell McAndrew may be in talks to play a Britney
Spears spoof character called "Brit-McKnee- Speers."
Please note that this is currently unconfirmed. Finally, Corbin
Motors, makers of unique one-seater cars, are contributing some
of their products, including a special "Goldmember Sparrow",
painted in gold.
(12/15/01) The first teaser trailer will in theaters as of this
Wednesday, attached to New Line's Lord of the Rings (source: IGN
FilmForce). (12/30/01) Yep it sure is... and it's also available
over at AustinPowers.com, along with some screensavers. The trailer
starts off paying homage to Goldfinger, and then switches gears,
introducing "Mini-Austin" in a sequence recreating the
opening of the first film (where Austin walks down the street,
with the girls, marching band, etc.)... except they're all "little
(1/26/02) The Goldmember title has been yanked, following a cease-and-desist
request from MGM over the spoofing of Goldfinger. New Line is
recalling all posters, teaser trailers, etc., including the official
site's content, while they regroup, looking for a new title. It's
not yet known if this means the character of "Goldmember"
will remain in the film, or if drastic rewrites and reshoots will
be required. Also, Fred Savage (Wonder Years) has joined the cast.
(a few hours later) Variety confirms that Goldmember will remain
a character in the film, and adds the detail to the mix that the
change by New Line actually came through the MPAA, after MGM made
a complaint to that body. New Line is countering the suit.
(2/3/02) More reports pour in at various news sources about the
MPAA suit, including one at Corona which gives a great deal of
detail about other possibilities that were on the table during
negotations, including the move of John Q so that it wouldn't
compete with MGM's Hart's War (which isn't going to happen).
(2/3/02) New Line Cinema confirms that this is the "third
and final installment" in the Austin Powers trilogy. (2/6/02)
Mix Magazine (as discovered by Corona) reports that They Might
Be Giants has already recorded the opening song. (2/13/02) Tonight's
installment of Entertainment Tonight will have the exclusive first
peek at footage of Beyonce Knowles, Mike Myers, and crew in action.
(2/20/02) The official site is updated again with information
about this film (rather than the quick switch to Spy Who Shagged
Me graphics they went to right after the title was yanked away).
One of the things you can now find there is a teaser trailer with
actual footage from the film, including a brief glimpse of Myers
as "Goldmember" (or whatever he ends up being called,
if he isn't written out of the film entirely). Finally, New Line
is apparently now referring to this (temporarily) as The Next
Installment of austin powers 3.
(3/23/02) Katie Couric, well-paid star of The Today Show, announced
this week that she also filmed a cameo as herself. Her segment
may have been the last, because I've also been tipped that filming
(4/9/02) Variety reported today that negotiations are underway
between MGM and New Line Cinema to allow them to use the title
of austin powers 3 in Goldmember, in exchange for putting the
Die Another Day trailer in front of it (attached, taking up the
space that might have gone to one of New Line's own films), and
to The Fellowship of the Ring (although it's probably not going
to be in theaters much longer anyway; I wonder if this would also
include the DVD?). Please note that the deal is not yet finalized,
so the title for now remains... not quite official.
(4/11/02) New Line Cinema has given me the official word that
the deal is done. This is Austin Powers in Goldmember. (4/18/02)
The official site will launch fully tomorrow, 4/19, with lots
of special features, including 360 degree views of many of the
filming sets, and the new trailer, which may be in front of The
Scorpion King in some theaters.
(5/3/02) Even most of the filming wrapped in March, there were
still a few more scenes yet to be done, but Army Archerd of Variety
reports that now, filming is completely done, finishing with some
work at the house of Ozzy Osbourne and family (AKA The Osbournes).