Jay Roach On Why There’s No “Austin Powers 4”

After three films, Mike Myers seemingly closed up shop on the “Austin Powers” franchise fifteen years ago with the weakest of the three films – “Austin Powers in Goldmember”.

Fans have asked about a potential fourth installment for years, a possibility that has always been there. This week, the film series’ director Jay Roach revealed to THR recently that they’re still waiting for the right story:

“We have talked about [making a fourth movie] for 15 years. We have also always said we don’t want to do it unless we came up with something that lived up to the concepts in our mind. Until Mike feels like he has a concept that earns a fourth, it won’t happen. But if it did, we have all agreed that we would be delighted to get back into it.”

In the same piece, Myers offered his enthusiasm for the character’s return:

“I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father’s death. But to have that turn into something that makes people happy is unbelievably satisfying. It’s that kind of stuff you never get used to or get tired of.”

Myers hasn’t done films in years but is making something of a comeback with the recent announcement that he’ll host the upcoming “The Gong Show” reboot, albeit in the form of a new character.