There’s a very interesting “Oral History” (place double-entendre catchphrase here) up on THR from the principal moviemakers and actors behind the highly-successful Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery—which celebrates its twentieth anniversary May 2.
Mike Myers, director Jay Roach, Seth Green, Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Wagner, then-president of New Line Michael De Luca, and more sat down to discuss their memories making the film…and the inevitable subject of a possible 4th Austin Powers movie came up.
Myers told THR:
“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.”
Austin Powers was created by Myers as a tribute to his late father’s memory, who had introduced him to James Bond, The Beatles, and other aspects of British pop-culture.
Roach confirmed that if the right concept came along, everybody (more or less) would be on board for an “Austin Powers 4”:
“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.”
Is the time right to turn that trilogy into a foursome (oh, behave!)? Perhaps we need Austin Powers now more than ever.