BREAKING: Mike Myers, who has spent a career on Saturday Night Live and in features hatching eccentric characters, is out to chronicle a real one. Myers has joined with A&E IndieFilms, the documentary feature production arm of A&E to make his directorial debut on Supermensch. The film will focus on the career of talent manager Shep Gordon. Myers first became intrigued with Gordon when the music manager held him at bay over granting rights to use the Alice Cooper tune Feed My Frankenstein that Myers desperately wanted in Wayne’s World. Myers got the song and Cooper to appear in the film, and Myers and the manager have been friends ever since. While steering the careers of artists from Blondie to Luther Vandross, Raquel Welch, Gordon has a compelling personal story that Myers will tell, going back to his career break after a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
“I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne’s World. 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,” Myers said in a statement. “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.”
Said 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.”
Myers will also produce Supermensch with DeBitetto, David McKillop and Molly Thompson exec producing for A&E IndieFilms.