Johnny English is officially getting a fourth movie.
Rowan Atkinson’s hapless secret agent has currently appeared in three films: the 2003 original, 2011’s Johnny English Reborn, and 2018’s Johnny English Strikes Again. According to Screendaily, the fourth film will shoot in Malta and the UK this summer.
The plot is being kept under wraps for now, but Working Title Films will be producing it, as it did the first three.
While promoting the third film, Atkinson took part in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and stated that he didn’t think there would be any more entries in the series.
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“I doubt it but thank you very much for implying you’d like to see another one,” he said at the time. “But at the same time… never say never.”
Speaking to Digital Spy back in 2022 to promote Man vs Bee, Atkinson explained why he thinks that his brand of more physical and farcical comedy has stood the test of time.
“I suppose it’s more timeless,” he said. “Dialogue – the way that people talk and talk to each other – does change more as the decades go by. We do talk differently to how we did 30 or 40 years ago, and certainly more differently to how we talked 100 years ago.
“Whereas visual comedy is generally about simple, human situations involving human instincts and human behaviour, and those things change far less. Also, of course, it means that you are automatically granted immunity from cultural and linguistic differences.
“But in the end, humanity shares the more visual experience than they do a verbal experience. And therefore, internationally, obviously it’s an easier thing to sell.”
The first two Johnny English films can be streamed on NOW TV and Sky Go, while the third can be streamed on Netflix.
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