While talking with Movie Hole about his upcoming political comedy The Campaign, director Jay Roach revealed that discussions have increased between himself and comedian Mike Myers about bringing Austin Powers back for another psychedelic mission.
Since the 2002 release of Austin Powers In Goldmember, plans to create a third sequel have been publicly teased numerous times. Still only in talks about the possible project, Roach had this short update to offer:
“We’ve talked to Mike about it a few times”, Roach said. “I know it got a little more traction a few months ago but that’s happened from time to time over the years. And we’ve always said if we could find the right thing that makes it earn its way back, we’ll both jump in. Mike really gave me the break of a lifetime drafting me into directing the first film, so whatever he wants, I’m there to help him figure it out.”
With so many franchises being dug up after equally long disappearances, there’s no reason why Austin Powers can’t be added onto that ever-growing list. Director Barry Sonnenfeld rejuvenated his long-lost sci-fi franchise Men In Black, with a successful threequal this past Spring, so who says Roach can’t amass similar results for Austin Powers?
From the sound of things, neither Myers nor Roach want to move forward without grade A material, which comes as pleasant news for long time fans. Austin Powers showcases some of Myers’ funniest work to date, spawning entertaining sequels without losing original laughs and trademark silliness. I say enough time has passed for Austin, Dr. Evil, Mini-Me, Fat Bastard, and the rest to gear up for another adventure filled with potty humor and cheeky innuendoes, don’t you?
The future of our beloved British spy dangles solely in Mike Myers‘ hands, as he waits for the perfect opportunity to unleash his mojo at least one more time.
The only question is, will Austin Powers still be relevant over 10 years after his last appearance, given Myers’ approval? Or will his immature brand of comedy be lost on a new generation of moviegoers?