In order to combat the hype machine currently getting oiled up and ready to go by Disney+, Netflix has reached deep into its pockets (and into the year 1998) to retrieve the name — Mike Myers. The streaming service has ordered a six-episode, half-hour limited comedy series from the comedian that will see Myers playing a host of different characters in addition to serving as executive producer.
“I love creating characters, and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in,” Myers said in an extremely helpful and informative statement.
Myers rose to fame on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, where he created several of the sketch series’ most iconic characters like Wayne Campbell in “Wayne’s World” and Dieter, the host of “Sprockets“. The comedian’s leap from SNL to a film career is also one of the more successful in the show’s history, not only with two feature-length Wayne’s World movies but also the Austin Powers trilogy and the Dreamworks cash-cow franchise, Shrek. Rumors of an Austin Powers 4 have been swirling around since at least 2012—the third entry, Goldmember, banked $296 million worldwide in 2002—but those talks seem mostly dead.
It’s important to note that the dude has just as many misses as hits, though; there are also entries like The Love Guru and a live-action Cat in the Hat that’s probably single-handedly kept the therapy business afloat since 2003. Most recently, Myers made a meta-as-hell appearance in the Oscar-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He played a fictional record executive named Ray Foster who believed “Bohemian Rhapsody” would never be the kind of song “teenagers can crank up the volume in their car and bang their heads to.” You get the joke.
Netflix hasn’t set an exact date yet for Myers’ series. Jon Lyons (The Young Pope) and Jason Weinberg (Ray Donovan) are also onboard as executive producers.