New Line Cinema
Mike Myers burst onto the scene in the 90s with the refreshing comedy Wayne’s World. His star went on the rise from then all the way up to the late aughts, with hits like the spy parody Austin Powers and children’s favorite Shrek. But it’s been quite a few years since we’ve seen Myers in anything big. He hasn’t retired, so what happened to this former A-lister?
After the success of the second Austin Powers film, Myers signed a contract to make a film about his SNL character Dieter. However, he walked away from the production citing issues with the script (which he co-wrote). Universal sued him for $5 million and Imagine Entertainment sued him for $30 million. Myers responded with a countersuit. Eventually all lawsuits were dropped, but that was not the end of his problems with these studios.
In 2003, Mike Myers starred in The Cat In The Hat, the live-action adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. The film was not well received, with critics panning its off-tone, crude humor. It was so bad, that Dr. Seuss’ own wife decided to forbid further live-action adaptations of her husband’s works. And it seems Myers didn’t just play a jerk cat, he acted similarly on the film’s set.