Mike Myers will soon bring you another Austin Powers movie, but mere celluloid cannot contain this comic creation. Myers is working on a story for an Austin Powers musical that will serve as a prequel to the movies. This will be an origin story that tells how the spy found his mojo in 1960s London, set to the songs of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello. (I can’t tell if these are examples of the type of music, or if it will be all Bacharach and Costello. I hope for the latter.) Myers is not expected to star in the production. THR reports Casey Nicholaw, the co-director behind the Tony-winning The Book of Mormon, is in talks to direct.
You may recall that the Austin Powers movies have broken into song on a number of occasions. Hit the jump for a few examples.
There have been rumors of an Austin Powers 4 in the works pretty much since Austin Powers in Goldmember grossed nearly $300 million worldwide in 2002. Some of the talk postulated a movie that centers entirely on Dr. Evil. That always sounded awful to this writer, so I’m glad to from Hitfix that when Mike Myers closed a deal to return for Austin Powers 4, the deal is to return as Austin Powers. And as Dr. Evil, and probably as Fat Bastard, too.
Director Jay Roach, the man who directed the first three Austin Powers movies, is not confirmed for the sequel. But during press for his last movie, Dinner for Schmucks, he was already talking about ideas for Austin Powers 4, specifically how he would like to do it in 3D. Read what he had to say after the jump.
[Update: Deadline reports that Myers hasn't officially signed a deal for Austin Powers 4 yet, but his reps came to New Line this week to express interest in the deal. In short, AP4 is most likely happening, but it may not be official just yet.]
Jay Roach may not be the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of sharp political satire, but with his recent Emmy Award winning drama Recount he has proven that he is both funny, and politically adroit.
Now, he is preparing to shoot a political comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell for release just in time for the 2012 election cycle. At a dinner to promote the upcoming DVD release of Dinner for Schmucks, Roach gave us the lowdown on the new film as well as tidbits about his aborted take on Used Guys and the possible future of Austin Powers 4. Hit the jump for the details.
Unlike some directors that crave the spotlight, Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Meet the Fockers, Recount) is more man of mystery. That’s because even though he’s directed some of the biggest comedies of the last decade, I’ve rarely seen him do interviews and you don’t read his name in the trades everyday like some of his peers. So when I found out I’d landed an exclusive interview for his new movie Dinner For Schmucks, I wasn’t sure if Roach would be guarded, or if he’d be willing to talk about anything.
Thankfully, Roach couldn’t have been nicer and you can read or listen to the interview after the jump. During the almost thirty minutes we talked about why he makes so few films and why he’s so selective, how does he find his projects, he talked about a project that almost got made called Used Guys, improv vs. scripted, making Dinner For Schmucks, deleted scenes, the mice and how they were made, digital vs. film, 3D, and of course we talked about whether or not he’ll make another Austin Powers movie with Mike Myers.
And for fans of Austin Powers, Roach said, “If we ever did an Austin Powers 4, I would love to do Dr. Evil’s world in 3D. It would be fantastic. It’d be great to use it as a one-world as 3D and the other world is…” So much more after the jump: