Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Whether you’re excited or outraged at the prospect of a new Austin Powers movie (and a quick glance at our comments suggests there are people in both camps), you may want to put your feelings on hold just a little while longer. Although news broke a few days ago that Mike Myers was “signed, sealed, delivered” for the fourth installment of the comedy franchise, a new report suggests that the deal hasn’t been signed yet after all, and that New Line actually isn’t too sure what’s going on. Read more after the jump.
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Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the Mini Cooper, Mike Myers has unearthed his crooked, yellowed old Austin Powers dental prosthetics, sharpened one incisor into a pen, and used it to sign a ragged contract that will lead to a fourth Austin Powers film. Or so we’re told. Read More »
Following the epic disaster that was The Love Guru, Mike Myers is going back to well and is writing a fourth Austin Powers movie with Baby Mama‘s Mike McCullers. According to Nikki Finke, the story will be “very personal with a father and son theme loosely based on his own life.” That’s right, the story will focus on the father son relationship of Dr. Evil and his son Scott Evil, played in the films by Seth Green. I always found Dr. Evil to be the most interesting aspect of the series. But I think they have played out the character in the two sequels, and I’m very skeptical that Myers can create a funny fourth film without having to resort to cheap laughs like tons of celebrity cameos.
No studio deal is in place, but it’s a sequel and I’m sure New Line/Warner Bros will quickly give it a greenlight. But the real question is: has Mike Myers lost it? And more importantly to the movie studios, is Myers still a box office draw? I think the Austin Powers brand still has enough juice to attact audiences, at least one last time.
Â Earlier this month, Slashfilm reluctantly posted its first item involving the supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Rumors were spreading via Boston.com that she was being sought for the female lead in an unannounced Austin Powers 4, and was currently reading the script, meeting with Myers et al. As with many things in life, when something seems off, you should call up Seth Green aka Scott Evil for a sarcastic brush of the hand and that’s exactly what MTV did. Here’s how Green summed up the rumors…
“Giselleâ€¦the model??” he exclaimed.
Green went on to say that there’s no script and that any recent AP4 “news” probably arrives from “off-hand” quotes attributed to Mike Myers during press rounds. He also points out that a fragmented New Line probably doesn’t have a sequel on the corporate brain right now.
Grooooovy Fantastic news. Now if Green would only gave a loud pfffft to The Love Guru being a reality and confirm that it’s just another schtick-laden napmare, we’d be in the clear.
Those new softcore teen ads for Gossip Girl have introduced your mag-loving aunt to “OMFG” (unless she reads EW, where it’s the same image with “OMG”) but that acronym is not appropriate for Austin Powers 4. I’m going to suggest PGN (please god no for EW) and PFGN for everyone else who cannot withstand hearing “Oh, behave!” slither out of Mike Myers‘s signature character’s toothy piehole 400 more times. Boston.com reports that a script is currently out to model Gisele Bundchen for the role of the female lead in Austin Powers 4. Moreover, the site reports that her agent will soon discuss the deal with Myers and director Jay Roach (Austin Powers 1-3, Meet the Fockers). Trustworthy? Meh. Scary? Yes.
Nearly a year ago we reported that Myers was considering a solo Dr. Evil flick. With a virtual nickelodeon of superheroes floating into and out of the multiplex over the years (and for the years ahead), a Dr. Evil spin-off has potential to tap into and aggressively spoof the neglected psyche of today’s cheesy, ubiquitous supervillian. This movie could work, especially if Austin Powers was killed off in the first 10 minutes, leaving Evil and his heir to wither in midlife and quarterlife crises respectively. But Austin + Gisele + the word “randy” = PFGN. Three films more than did the kitsch trick, thank you.
Discuss: Is it just us? Is Austin Powers 4 a groooovy idea? Would you rather see Dr. Evil: An Evil Movie, or see Myers put these two characters and their New Line franchise on ice for 10 more years?
I’m not a huge Austin Powers fan. I know, I’m in the minority. But the one character I always got a huge kick out of was Dr. Evil. He was a perfect parody of all the great super-villains of all time. In my opinion, he was the reason why the Austin Powers trilogy was so successful. Now word comes in from our friends at FirstShowing that a fourth Austin Powers may be in the works, and it may focus completely on Dr. Evil!
“There is one that we have an idea about. The only thing I will say is that it’s entirely from Dr. Evil’s point of view. It would be the first of his trilogy,” revealed star Mike Myers. “That was a joke. I just love the bluster of saying that it’s a trilogy. Yes, it’s a twenty-five part series. No it’s not. I’m just joking.”
It doesn’t sound like anything is greenlit, but I’m sure New Line would jump at the opportunity for another Austin Powers film. Think of the possibilities that could be made by showing a movie from Dr. Evil’s point of view. Endless laughs.
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