Director Josh Greenbaum would love to helm a fourth Austin Powers movie. The filmmaker behind this year’s dog-loving comedy, Strays, helmed the documentary Becoming Bond back in 2017, but while Greenbaum does not (in any obvious way, at least) strike anyone as a possible 007 director, he leapt at the idea of helming the comical espionage of Austin Powers. While speaking with Comicbook.com, the director said…
“I would love that. Would absolutely love that. I’m close friends with Dana Carvey after making the Dana Carvey Show documentary Too Funny to Fail. Just so amazing. I got to talk with Jay Roach as well, who was a big inspiration in a way for my first film Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar… Movies you’ve seen kind of live inside of you; I think you sometimes are conscious when you’re pulling from them or paying homage – and then a lot of times it’s just totally subconsciously happening. I’m sure for me Austin Powers was all of things because I love those films.”
Released back in 1999, the first Austin Powers introduced audiences to Mike Myers’ out-of-time British spy, who must freeze himself in 1967 so as he can tackle his archenemy Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers) in the present day. The series continued with sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which adds a time machine to the mix.
The third, and at present final, movie in the franchise, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was released back in 2002, with audiences left wondering whether they will ever see Powers on the big screen again.
The idea of an Austin Powers 4 has been circulating since as far back as 2005. Mike Myers recently hinted that the sequel could finally be happening when asked about the project last year, trailing off suggestively and saying, “I would love to do one. I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of such a project; should it exist or not exist? You know, we’re, you know…”
While we continue to wait patiently for a return of the groovy goings-on of Austin Powers, director Josh Greenbaum brings us the comedy stylings of Strays. When a gullible Border Terrier named Reggie (Will Ferrell) is abandoned on the streets by his selfish and ruthless owner Doug (Will Forte), an animal-hating drug addict who never wanted him, he teams up with other strays including a street-wise Boston Terrier named Bug (Jamie Foxx), an Australian Shepherd named Maggie (Isla Fisher), and a therapy Great Dane named Hunter (Randall Park) to get revenge.
MovieWeb’s own Julian Roman found a lot to like in this tale of an abused animal seeking vengeance. “Perrault’s script deserves credit for not running out of steam. Sex comedies deflate as the gags grow tiresome. Strays has a swift pace that keeps the characters constantly engaged. Some might get sick of the scatological jokes, but I sure didn’t. The film succeeds at keeping the laughs flowing. There’s never really a down beat to the story,” he says in his review.
Strays is now playing in theaters.