Ben Stiller and director Jay Roach are tied up with other projects

By Chris Nashawaty
September 19, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

‘PARENTS’ ADVISORY Around this time last year, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro coughed up a little dysfunctional family comedy called ”Meet the Parents,” whose $166.2 million box office bonanza quickly jump-started talks of the sequel, ”Meet the Fockers.” It was recently announced that ”Parents” director Jay Roach has signed on to helm the third Austin Powers installment, ”Goldmember.”

So what’s the delay? Well, Universal says the ”Fockers” script is still in the works. And says Stiller, who’s getting ready to start shooting ”Duplex” opposite Drew Barrymore, ”I don’t know what’s going on with it. Comedy sequels are tough… because so much is based on the freshness of it. So, if they can figure out a way to do it, it would be great. But no one wants to make something that’s just going out there to do it again.” In other words, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to meet ”Mother Focker.”

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