Mike Myers Back on Screen Soon!
by Alex Billington
January 2, 2007
Just the other day I asked myself, "where the heck is Mike Myers?!" Ever since Goldmember and even The Cat in the Hat, he's gone missing in Hollywood, except for the voices in Shrek. After all this time he may finally be making an appearance in a few new films. Reported by the New York Times in a recent article they had on Mike Myers, the first is a comedy about a relationship guru, the second a drama about the demise of Keith Moon, the legendary drummer for the Who, and third another comedy based on the book How To Survive a Robot Uprising.
The article discusses some details about the projects, the first is the relationship guru:
In 2005 the character made his debut on some small theater stages in Greenwich Village, just as his Austin Powers persona was once honed at Los Angeles nightspots. Unrecognizable in makeup, a white wig and a yogi's long flowing beard, Mr. Myers - who called himself Pitka - dispensed wild advice to the audience in a thick Indian accent.
"He's a love guru," Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Myers's agent, said of Pitka. "He's somebody who's become an expert on relationships. That's what leads me to think that if it works, it can be a franchise. The guru can be thrust into all kinds of situations in that regard."
Also about the role of Keith Moon, which Myers sounds quite excited to play:
In agreeing to star as Keith Moon, though, he cannot hope to have as intimate a knowledge of his subject as one of that project's producers, Roger Daltrey, the Who's lead singer. "Roger's dream has always been to have Mike do the role," said Nigel Sinclair, a partner in Mr. Daltrey's Spitfire Pictures production company and a co-producer on the untitled film. "He saw Mike as the creative force for pulling the project together, with help from us."
And lastly about the final film from the book How To Survive a Robot Uprising:
Mike De Luca, who approved Austin Powers while president of production at New Line Cinema, is producing the third and perhaps most tentative of the current Myers projects. Titled How to Survive a Robot Uprising, it is an adaptation of an obscure tongue-in-cheek survival guide by Daniel H. Wilson, who wrote it while a Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.
I'm quite excited to see Mike Myers return to the big screen more often, as his Austin Powers series has earned a place in my own DVD archive and in the hearts of many as one of the great comedy franchises ever.
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