A new biography about the life of Hollywood legend Sherry Lansing reveals that she threatened to take everything from Mike Myers over a script dispute Lansing became enraged when she learned that Myers had based his script for Wayne’s World 2 on a film without optioning the rights Myers, who was 28 at the time, had used the 1949 British comedy ‘Passport to Pimlico’ as the basis for the film ‘We’ll sue you. We’ll take your f***ing house. You won’t even own a f***ing home,’ Lansing told Myers She then instructed him to go write a new script so that they could release the film as scheduled in December of 1993 Wayne’s World 2 opened to poor reviews and an underperformed at the box office, and Myers and Lansing never worked together again.
Sherry Lansing is one of the most beloved and respected women in the entertainment industry thanks to her three decades at the top of the Hollywood food chain, first as the president of 20th Century Fox and later as CEO of Paramount Pictures.
And a new book about Lansing reveals just how she got the respect she deserved despite being the first and only female studio head for years, as well as the lengths she went to in order to keep her productions on track.
In the new biography Leading Lady, which will be released next Tuesday, Stephen Galloway of The Hollywood Reporter writes of an incident that occurred after Lansing learned that Mike Myers had based his script for the studio’s highly anticipated Wayne’s World sequel on a 1949 film without acquiring the rights.
With a rewrite of the script the only way forward if the studio was going to meet their scheduled release date, Lansing did not mince words when she called Myers into her office.
‘She said, “How dare you? How dare you put us in this position?”‘ according to one individual present at the meeting.
‘She turned to Mike and said, “We’ll sue you. We’ll take your f***ing house. You won’t even own a f***ing home.”‘