Mike Myers to Make Feature Directing Debut With Doc 'Supermensch'
Mike Myers is set to make his feature directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch for A&E IndieFilms.
The actor-writer-producer is teaming with the feature-documentary production arm of A&E Networks to chronicle the life of groundbreaking talent manager Shep Gordon. Myers also will produce.
The two men enjoy a long-standing relationship. In 1991, the music manager held Myers over a barrel for a few weeks before shooting Wayne’s World regarding an Alice Cooper song Myers wanted to use in the film. They have been close friends ever since.
Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn’t a household name, he has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Gordon is known for managing the careers of Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others -- a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
Interviews will include Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson and Emeril Lagasse.
"I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne's World," says Myers. "I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo. I've been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally he said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film, and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more."
Added A+E Studios president Bob DeBitetto: “We are excited by the passion Mike Myers has brought to this project. Shep Gordon is known throughout Hollywood as the nicest guy to know and the epitome of friendship in an industry devoid of genuine friends, but to hear Mike say it, he’s a supermensch.”
DeBitetto, David McKillop and Molly Thompson are exec producing for A&E IndieFilms.
Recent A&E IndieFilms include The Tillman Story, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies and The Imposter.