By Christian DiMartino
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love,” Burt Bacharach once sang. Come to think of it, when was the last time anyone heard that song? I’ll tell ya: it was Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Why do I mention this? Well, it’s not because I’ve missed the song. Not exactly. But rather, it makes me think of the Austin Powers trilogy. It seemed like it had so much opportunity… So why no round 4?
I know that it’s been discussed since at least 2007. Goldmember ended on a note in which it could finish, but yet I never felt like they could just end it, considering there’s so many James Bond films they could make fun of. So, what’s the hold up?
I admit that I am a huge Mike Myers fan, and that for the past few years, I’ve been stalking his IMDB page, just waiting for something new (his last film was Shrek Forever After back in 2010). But yet in saying that I’m a huge fan, I must also admit that being a fan came with a price. That price being his godawful bomb, The Love Guru. It was his first comedy in years, so I obviously went into it expecting the best. What I got was the worst film of that year. How could he have done so wrong?
I guarantee you he’s asked himself the same thing… Hence why we haven’t heard from him in years. That, or he’s just been enjoying life with kids or some crap. I don’t care about that though. I need him to work again.
But last week, by some divine miracle, my IMDB stalking came to good use: Jay Roach, who directed the Austin Powers trilogy, said that him and Myers were cooking up an idea for an Austin Powers 4. You can imagine my excitement. Then the next day, they announced that he has signed on to do a thriller called Terminal. I had to read that one over a few times, just because a.) they didn’t make a big deal out of the whole “Mike Myers returning” thing b.) Mike Myers is going to be in a thriller and c.) I haven’t heard a peep from Myers in six years, and yet I hear about him two days in a row.
Don’t really know what to say about Terminal, other than I’m officially psyched. But the topic to focus on here is Austin Powers 4. I’m of course tremendously excited, because Austin Powers is my jam. But should I be?
I have my doubts. I wish I could say otherwise, but I can’t exactly. Why? Allow me. Part of it has to do with The Love Guru. His other non-Shrek film before that was The Cat in the Hat, a great looking film that had funny moments… But was also quite terrible. What if he’s lost it? I don’t wanna believe it, but ya never know.
I think my only other real concern though is this: comedy sequels just can’t capture that same magic. I’ve noticed a trend of comedy sequels recently: it takes them years to get the green light, and when they arrive, they simply just don’t work. I did like Anchorman 2. But Dumb and Dumber To and Zoolander 2… I love their predecessors to death, but the sequels just don’t work.
That being said though, when you watched those predecessors, you never really felt a need for a sequel. It was welcomed, and if the right amount of thought went into it, they might’ve cooked up a good idea. But there was no need for a sequel. And maybe there is no need for an Austin Powers 4. But I think Myers can tap back into it again. Not only that, there’s so much opportunity here, especially with the Bond films they haven’t covered. There’s 24 (25 counting Never Say Never Again) Bond films. So hell, as far as I’m concerned, you could do 25 Austin Powers movies. Not saying they should, but they could.
Doubts aside, I think an Austin Powers 4 could work. Perhaps they could mock the dark tone of the Daniel Craig films or something. Plus, I don’t think Roach (the first two Meet the Parents films, Game Change) has ever done a film I didn’t like. And lastly, a lot has changed in the world since 2002. They could freeze Austin Powers all over again for all I care.
I think the idea of an Austin Powers 4, and the return of Myers, sounds groovy.