As gatekeeper of two Hollywood super-franchises, Jay Roach is the rare kind of man who can snap his fingers at anytime and guarantee $100 million minimum at the box-office. And when you're holding two aces up your sleeve like "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents," you never let your fingers drift too far apart.
"I know Mike's thinking about it," the producer/director said of the groovy possibility that the long-dormant super-spy will return for a fourth "Austin" flick. "Which is something of a move in a direction."
"There isn't a script like that or anything yet," Roach added, cautioning people like Giselle that they shouldn't get their hopes up. "But it's something, that [is still alive]...he's got other stuff to do too, and that one's completely driven by Mike. If he wants to do it, I'll definitely want to be involved. But I don't know yet when that's gonna happen."
The same good news/bad news scenario is in play with the follow-up to "Meet the Fockers," which Roach said is similarly still alive but inching along slowly. "The way we go after these is when we have a story that can make it earn itself back," he explained. "Sequels shouldn't always be automatic; there's a certain amount of pressure if something works, to have it work twice. But that doesn't always mean it will work three times."
Of the film, which would reportedly focus on parenthood and be called "Little Fockers," Roach said: "We're just trying to find the right story that makes it worth doing again. We always talk about ideas for it, and it would be a great group of people to get back together, for sure."
Roach is making a rare departure into drama these days with the star-studded "Recount," which debuts on HBO May 25th. Otherwise, he says his two great franchises have one other thing in common: Evergreen enthusiasm from the fans. "Both are in the same situation, almost identical," he observed. "I'm grateful that people even ask."
Which would you rather see: Another "Austin Powers" movie, or another "Meet the Parents" sequel?