While Mike Myers’ most recent return to feature films proved to be a bit of a disaster, the Love Guru star will now be stepping behind the camera. A&E IndieFilms announced today that Mike Myers will be making his directorial debut with the upcoming documentary Supermensch. The film will chronicle the life of talent manager Shep Gordon, whose career began with a 1968 encounter with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He went on to manage the likes of Alice Cooper, Blondie, and Raquel Welch, and Myers’ first meeting with Gordon came in 1991 when he was seeking the rights to an Alice Cooper song to use in Wayne’s World.
Myers will both produce and direct the pic, but it’s unknown when the film might be completed. The documentary will include interviews with Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse, and more. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
A&E INDIEFILMS PARTNERS WITH MIKE MYERS ON HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT SUPERMENSCH
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY TO TELL THE STORY OF LEGENDARY TALENT MANAGER SHEP GORDON
New York, NY – July 22, 2013 – A&E IndieFilms, the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary production arm of A&E Network, has partnered with Emmy-winning multi-hyphenate Mike Myers on the new feature documentary, Supermensch, chronicling the life of ground-breaking talent manager Shep Gordon.
In 1991, music manager Shep Gordon held Mike Myers over a barrel 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. 22 years later, the story of Gordon’s legendary life in the uber fast lane is now told in Myers’ directorial debut. And this time it’s Myers who has Gordon over a barrel.
Capitalist, protector, hedonist, pioneer, showman, shaman . . . SUPERMENSCH.
Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn’t a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice 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. He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef.” Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep’s imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon’s unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.
“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” said Myers.
“We are excited by the passion Mike Myers has brought to this project,” said Bob DeBitetto, President of A+E Studios. “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.”
Supermensch is produced and directed by Mike Myers. Bob DeBitetto, David McKillop and Molly Thompson will serve as executive producers for A&E IndieFilms.