Mike Myers returns to comedy in a new six-episode Netflix show called the quintetafter years of rare film appearances† If the trailer that premiered Wednesday has anything to offer, it’ll be the kind of project where Myers makes up nearly half of the cast — playing eight different characters, according to Deadline†
The show, which begins streaming on May 5, will also feature comedians like Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key and Jennifer Saunders. It revolves around a shadowy, and possibly world-ruling, secret society called the Pentaverate. According to the voiceover in the trailer, which you can watch below, it was started by five people who were labeled heretics after they discovered that the Black Plague was caused by fleas and rats (which explains all the Plague Doctor masks).
The concept for the show comes from a joke in another movie starring Myers, So I married an ax killer† You can check out that scene below (don’t worry, there are no ax murders in it – just Colonel Sanders slander).
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Mike Myers helmet comedy project – this is the first big one we’ve seen written by him since 2008 The Love Guruin which Myers has written and starred multiple characters. Since then he has starred in a few movies such as unglorious bastards and 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Terminal but those projects aren’t quite the same as, say, the Austin Powers movies Myers is known for.
Netflix Is Making General Interest Comedy Content With Big Names Like space power with Steve Carell, Red notification (from The Rock, Ritu Arya and Ryan Reynolds), and last week’s big premiere The Adam Project (starring Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner and Ryan Reynolds).
It kind of feels like that time in 2014 when Netflix ordered four Adam Sandler movies and then swore they were so popular it just had to order four more. I’m not trying to black out this Myers project until it comes out (please don’t hurt me Myers Stans, I loved The Spy Who Fucked Me and Shrek), but it feels like Netflix is following a similar script to let comedy stars from the 90s and early 2000s create content in the style of their old hits. Hey, it must do something to keep people watching, while raising prices and considering making people pay to share passwords.
Revelation: The edge is currently making a series with Netflix.