Well, society, we made it. The Love Guru has come and gone from theaters, and, from what I can tell, relations with India and humor itself still exist despite Mike Myers' attempts at destroying them. But looks like it's out of the (someone getting hit by a curry-filled) frying pan, into the fire (which is being lit on someone's fart, who is a midget in a wig). Myers is reportedly working on an Austin Powers spinoff:
Mike Myers has started writing Austin Powers 4 which will be an homage to his father. "It's very personal with a father and son theme loosely based on his own life," an insider tells me. As Myers has previously said, this fourth installment of the super spy spoof movie series will focus on Austin's arch-villain Dr. Evil, who was based on Blofeld of the Bond films. But what hasn't been known is that the AP4 plot is really about Dr. Evil and his son (introduced already as Scott Evil, played by Seth Green). Myers is penning his idea with Baby Mama's Mike McCullers, who collaborated with Myers on Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers 3: Goldmember.
For a big "A.P." fan like me, only two words spring to mind. Yeeeeaaaaaah, baby!!!*
New Line Panting For 'Austin Powers 4' [Deadline Hollywood]
Mike Myers and Ben Stiller may have been temporarily distracted promoting the shit out of their respective zany new comedies on American Idol last night, but Jay Roach wants to remind us all that we aren't out of the woods as far as Austin Powers/Meet the Focker sequels are concerned. The director spoke to MTV and warned that everyone involved is thinking about ways to make comedy as a whole just a little broader with another sequel to either/both series, effectively jangling the keys to his nuclear armaments, adding, "We’re just trying to find the right story that makes it worth doing again." So if you're around Jay Roach at a dinner party or something, don't mention any new time periods where it would be funny to say "Groovy, baby!"; don't speak of ways pratfalls led to disaster with your in-laws; no midget jokes. Otherwise, you will be held responsible when Mike Myers puts in those hilarious prosthetic teeth.
Sequels To 'Austin Powers,' Meet the Parents' Inching Along [MTV]
If there was any small solace I was able to take away from the midget/penis-joke-filled Love Guru trailer, it was that at least it meant the death of the increasingly painful Austin Powers franchise, and all the fading remnants of impressions and Halloween costumes that go with it. Or so I thought! But no! Reportedly, model Gisele Bundchen is being considered for the female lead in a new Austin Powers movie! And there's already a script! And Mike Myers will play like twenty characters with various funny levels of body hair and obesity (just educated speculation, as of now)!
But you know what really annoys me, even more than the horrifying idea of another cameo-filled Austin Powers sequel? That the Boston Globe is reporting this as "Look at this new role Tom Brady's girlfriend might have!" instead of "Holy shit! Mike Myers is sneaking another Austin Powers movie out, and he's already casting this thing that no one had heard about until now!" They just breeze past the whole horrible movie part and get back to how Bundchen speaks Portuguese. It's like announcing tomorrow's cafeteria lineup is fish sticks and green beans, and also it's Armageddon. Let's keep the focus where it belongs, Globe.
And can we discuss why Mike Myers seems so bent on "yeah, baby"-ing his way out of any comedy legacy he may have once had?
'Powers' Play [Boston Globe]
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