Thursday 18 January 2018

Mike Myers to make directing debut

Mike Myers has taken to the director's chair for the first time
Mike Myers has taken to the director's chair for the first time

Mike Myers is to make his debut as a director with feature-length documentary Supermensch.

The Austin Powers star, who has enjoyed a two-year hiatus away from the cameras, will take the reins on the film, which chronicles the life of talent manager Shep Gordon - who he first met during the filming of Wayne's World.

Mike revealed the big-screen project is a dream come true, saying: "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.

He added: "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."

Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as working with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, and Supermensch will feature interviews with those who know him best, his pals, including Alice, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Willie Nelson amongst many others.

Producer Bob DeBitetto, president of A+E Studios, said: "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."

No release date has been announced for the movie.

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