Mike Myers Getting Back to Movies as Director of 'Supermensch' Doc
by Ethan Anderton
July 22, 2013
With the exception of Shrek sequels, the complete misstep that is The Love Guru, and a brief and surprising appearance in Inglourious Basterds, "Saturday Night Live" veteran Mike Myers has largely stayed out of the spotlight. Over the past couple years there have been rumblings of another Austin Powers movie, and hopes of another Wayne's World after a recent anniversary screening with the entire creative team reuniting, but there's nothing solid in development. But it sounds like Myers is getting back to work, but this time he'll be behind the camera for a documentary called Supermensch at A&E IndieFilms. More below!
Deadline says the documentary will focus on talent and music manager Shep Gordon, responsible for guiding the careers of iconic names like Blondie, Luther Vandross, Raquel Welch and many more, all beginning with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. How does Myers know Gordon? Well, the actor once struggled with Gordon to get the rights to the Alice Cooper song Feed My Frankenstein for Wayne's World. He ended up getting the song and Cooper to pop up in the film quite famously, and the two became friends after that. Myers describes his fascination with Gordon:
“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. 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.”
Meanwhile, A&E Studios president Bob DeBitetto says, “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.” Interviews about Gordon will include words from the likes of Cooper, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas and more. We're not sure how soon this documentary will get off the ground, but having Myers behind the camera for something he is truly passionate about sounds rather enticing. However, we hope the actor can back in front of the camera soon as well. Thoughts?