You might have thought that the announcement of Mamma Mia 2 was going to be the most surprising sequel news of the weekend, but you'd be wrong. News has reached our ears that Rowan Atkinson is all set to reprise his role as bumbling spy Johnny English in a third instalment of the action comedy film franchise.

There are currently no other cast members or possible director mentioned, but Johnny English 3 does have the provisional release date of October 12, 2018.

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Johnny English (then called Richard Latham) originated from a series of TV commercials for Barclaycard back in the 90s. The ads proved so popular that a feature film version was developed, and in 2003 the world was introduced to the most incompetent secret agent.

Directed by Peter Hewitt (Sliding Doors), Johnny English grossed more than $160 million worldwide from a $40 million budget, and a sequel was quickly put into development. However, Johnny English wouldn't return for eight years with the release of Johnny English Reborn in 2011. Rowan Atkinson is no stranger to taking his time to make sequels; he waited ten whole years before revisiting Mr. Bean.

Amazingly, the prolonged gap didn't harm the box office, as Johnny English Reborn grossed the same $160 million as its predecessor. Interestingly, the first Johnny English managed a modest $28 million in the US, but its sequel could only muster $8 million from North America.

I'm not entirely sure that the world was crying out for a third Johnny English movie. Surely the Bond spoof is played out now, and Rowan Atkison is a titan of comedy, one that I would love to see something new from rather than revisiting former characters. Be that as it may, it is always great to see Atkinson on the big screen, and the Johnny English movies aren't without their charms.

Rowan Atkinson recently reprised Mr. Bean for a brief cameo in the Chinese film Top Funny Comedian. There are no plans for the movie to be released outside of China, and it's described as "China's answer to The Hangover." Meanwhile, Atkinson returns to our screens later this year as Jules Maigret in ITV's Maigret in Montmartre.

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