Mike Myers has signed an overall deal with HBO, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The deal includes TV exclusivity and runs for two years. Mike Myers, one of the most multifaceted performers of his generation, has brought an astonishing array of memorable characters to life in film and television as an actor, director, producer, writer and the creator behind such iconic characters as Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and Shrek. Here's what Michael Lombardo had to say about the deal in a statement.
"Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era. The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting."
Mike Myers also added his own brief statement.
"I'm thrilled to be at HBO."
Myers most recently made his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which chronicles the life of talent manager Shep Gordon. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in June 2014 by RADiUS-TWC in partnership with A&E IndieFilms. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Myers began his professional career with Chicago's Second City troupe. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels' discovery of Myers at Second City led to his debut as a featured performer and writer on the show in 1989. Myers successfully brought his popular SNL character Wayne Campbell to the big screen in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, both of which he also wrote.
Myers also created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Myers' portrayal of Austin Powers spawned two sequels, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Myers lent his voice to the title role of "Shrek," the beloved green ogre, for the DreamWorks animated franchise, which includes Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After. So I Married an Axe Murderer, Myers' first film following his tenure at SNL, is a cult classic.
Myers received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood for his impressive body of work, and received an ensemble SAG award for his memorable work in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. He was also honored with the Jack Benny Award by the student body of the University of California, the AFI Star Award at U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, numerous MTV Movie Awards, including the MTV Generation Award, and has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. His character Shrek also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.