Last week at ShoWest in Las Vegas, filmmaker Jay Roach was honored as the Comedy Director of the Decade. He’s probably known best these days as the director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” (and the producer of the coming third movie in that series), but his formative work as a comedy director comes from the three “Austin Powers” movies. MTV’s Larry Carroll sat down with Roach to talk about the award, and he managed to sneak in a few questions about the fourth “Austin Powers” movie.
“[Star Mike Myers is] working on ideas for it, people are definitely talking about it and I’m all good for it,” Roach said matter-of-factly. “I love those characters.”
More than that, he’s thankful for the opportunities “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened up for him. “Mike gave me my first shot directing on ’Austin Powers 1.’ Just said, ’Hey, you should direct this movie,’ when I hadn’t directed much of anything. So I love that group of people and what could be better than going back into that.”
The big question on everyone’s mind is where can Austin go next. The Bond-parodying secret agent has faced off against his nemesis, Dr. Evil, in a variety of locations. Including the moon. And a hilarious new villain, Goldmember, was introduced in the last movie. So how will a fourth “Austin Powers” top all of that? Where could Austin — the series and the character both — go next?
“That’s hard to say,” Roach replied. “Somewhere you haven’t thought of.”
Where would you like to see the story go next? Or has the time of “Austin Powers” passed from this world?