The first two Austin Powers films are pretty spectacular 007 parodies, setting the bar for a lot of comedies in the late ’90s. Even with Wayne’s World (just forget about Love Guru), these films have been the defining projects of Mike Myers’ career, with many classic jokes living on in daily conversation two decades later.
The third film, Austin Powers in Goldmember, which I felt was the least successful and most repetitive, did leave the plot at an odd point, with Austin Powers and Dr. Evil joining forces as brothers, leaving Scott Evil (Seth Green) to carry on his father’s legacy. There hasn’t been an Austin Powers film in fifteen years, so is the franchise dead and buried? Or just frozen in cyrosleep until the hero is needed again?
The Hollywood Reporter did a piece of the legacy of Austin Powers, which included interviews with both Director Jay Roach and Creator/Star Mike Myers for the original film’s 20th Anniversary. Both men had thoughts on whether to expect a fourth film or not. First, Roach said this:
“We have talked about [making a fourth movie] for 15 years. We have also always said we don’t want to do it unless we came up with something that lived up to the concepts in our mind. Until Mike feels like he has a concept that earns a fourth, it won’t happen. But if it did, we have all agreed that we would be delighted to get back into it.”
Myers offered his outlook as well:
“I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father’s death. But to have that turn into something that makes people happy is unbelievably satisfying. It’s that kind of stuff you never get used to or get tired of.”
Would I see another Austin Powers movie? Absolutely! Do I expect it to be any good? Not really, but one can hope! I loved the Austin Powers films growing up, so if they can find a way around the end of Austin Powers In Goldmember and get back to basics, it could be a lot of fun! Then again, delayed sequels like this are usually not of the highest quality and rarely live up to expectations. And, with Love Guru and Goldmember as Myers’ last two major projects, even if the sequel happens, I’m not going to let myself get too excited. We shall wait and see.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter