Though we haven't seen him in a live-action film since the abysmal Cat in the Hat flick, Mike Myers is gearing up to introduce a new character to the world; one that could potentially franchise out, a la Austin Powers. Variety tells us that Marco Schnabel will make his feature directorial debut on the currently untitled pic, having worked with Myers as a crew member on the first two Austin Powers pics, as well as second unit director on Austin Powers in Goldmember. Myers penned the script along with Graham Gordy, and Paramount is eyeing a 2008 release.
In the film, Myers will play the Indian Guru Pitka -- an eccentric new-age guru who's hired to come in and help a couple figure out their relationship woes. Pic was first announced almost a year ago; no word on why it took so long to get off the ground, but something tells me Myers wanted to hone the character before moving forward. In fact, he's been quietly showing up at random New York comedy clubs in character, complete with fake nose, beard and dressed in an all-white robe. In the meantime, Myers continues to pump out Shrek films, with Shrek the Third due out May 18 and Shrek 4 hitting theaters in 2010.
I was never a big fan of Myers' Austin Powers character; his shtick wore off on me halfway through the first film. However, this Indian Guru guy sounds pretty funny. Assuming they get the right couple to play off Myers (something tells me Luke Wilson might be looked at), we could be in store for a nice refreshing comedy -- especially since, these days, they all feel the same. What do you think? Does Myers still have what it takes to entertain, or should those SNL skit-type comedies remain in the past where they belong?