Egomania led Austin Powers star Mike Myers to renege on an agreement to write, produce and star in a movie based on a Saturday Night Live skit, Imagine Entertainment alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The Superior Court lawsuit seeks more than $30 million in actual damages plus punitive damages, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
The action comes a month after Universal Pictures sued Myers for $3.8 million plus lost profits over the same movie, which Myers backed away from, saying the script needed work.
“He claimed he had not approved the screenplay. Who wrote the screenplay—Myers,” the Imagine lawsuit stated.
Imagine claims Myers backed out after it and Universal agreed to his demands for more pay and millions of dollars were spent in preproduction.
“This was not the first time Myers engaged in such conduct,” the suit contends. “He has followed a pattern and practice of breaking his promises, betraying the trust of others and causing serious damage to those with whom he deals through selfish, egomaniacal and irresponsible conduct.”
Myers could not be reached for comment Thursday evening, but negotiations—helped along by director Steven Spielberg—have been going on between Myers and Universal in an effort to reach a settlement in the June lawsuit.
The script in question is based on popular Saturday Night Live skits in which Myers portrayed Dieter, the slick-haired German host of the techno-pop dance show Sprockets.
The movie had been slated to begin shooting in August with a June 2001 release. Will Ferrell and David Hasselhoff had been signed to appear.