You’ve probably never heard of Shep Gordon. But it turns out that Mike Myers has (along with plenty of other celebrities) and he wants to make Gordon into a household name. A&E IndieFilms, the production company for A&E Network, are going into business with Myers for the actor’s directorial debut – Supermensch. The film will be a documentary detailing the life of Gordon, a talent manager with a long and celebrate career in Hollywood. Gordon managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, and Raquel Welch, created the concept of the “Celebrity Chef,” and has philanthropic ties to the Dalai Lama.
Gordon’s life story sounds like the ideal source material, but the attachment of Myers’ name can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. The actor’s career has shriveled up into nothing in recent years – the last lead role Myers had (that wasn’t big and green and ogre-y) was The Love Guru back in 2008. Not a great sign. Still, the actor had this to say about the project:
“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.”
Myers’ affection for Gordon certainly sounds genuine, and with Supermensch being a documentary it seems difficult for Myers’ shtick to get in the way. Perhaps this is the start of a new age for Mike Myers.
Supermensch will be produced and directed by Myers, with Bob DeBitetto, David McKillo, and Molly Thompson as executive producers for A&E IndieFilms.