Director Jay Roach Says A Fourth ‘Austin Powers’ Movie Has Been Seriously Discussed

In news certain to thrill Spencer’s Gifts stockholders, there’s still a flicker of hope that Austin Powers will be taken out of suspended animation for a fourth cinematic adventure. Mind you, if you’re still scarred by The Love Guru, this might come across as more of a threat than a flicker of hope. Maybe even a flicker of doom.

Trumbo director Jay Roach helmed all three entries that have shagged on the big screen, and in an interview with Larry King, he revealed to the aging show host that he and comedian Mike Myers have spoken about the prospect of doing another Austin Powers movie. In fact, it’s been a recurring subject of conversation for the two:

“You know, [Mike Myers and I] talk about it every time we get together. I would say it’s in a latent phase right now, but someday if we find the right idea that seems to have it earn itself, for sure. Mike gave me the break of a lifetime in letting me direct [Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery] so I’m always good to go.”

If you’d like to compare notes with where this puts us versus the last check-in, a fourth film has made all the progress of an unnecessarily slow-moving dipping mechanism. In fact, we might even be going a bit backwards. In 2011, it was reported that a deal to bring the spy spoof back was nearly done. Now we’re at a stage where Myers and Roach simply talking about the project feels like a development.

Maybe everyone involved should shrug it off and get around to making the Austinpussy movie-within-a-movie instead. Let Ryan Murphy in on the action and you might get a hit FX miniseries out of that turnip.

(Via The Independent)