According to Deadline, Spurlock’s company Warrior Poets acquired the rights to Brian Kellow’s bestselling biography “Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s Superagent.” The story will follow Mengers as she crashed the boys club that was Hollywood agenting, her star-studded clientele and the ups and downs she faced in her career.
“I’m a fan of big personalities, great characters, and she is both. More than that, I love people who buck the trend and do things that haven’t been done before and go into spaces unheard of, whether it be of gender or race,” said Spurlock. “Sue Mengers took over the boys club of Hollywood and did something groundbreaking. She proved not only that she could be part of this world; she dominated it in a way that hadn’t been done before, especially by someone so brash and outspoken and as charismatic as she was. She was almost like a breath of fresh air in Hollywood at the time, the one person who would tell you the truth, whether you liked it or not, it got her a lot of really loyal clients and carried her through the high points of her career.”
Mengers worked as a talent agent at CMA, ICM and WMA and repped a list of celebrities that included Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Brian De Palma and Faye Dunaway, among others. She was known for her dedicated work style and close-knit “work family.” When a new era of dealmaking emerged, her client’s loyalty were put to the test. Soon, her career declined after many of them left her.
“She was very alone at the end of her life,” the “Super Size Me” helmer said. “She had built incredible business friendships but lacked a lot of personal friendships beyond that. One of the things I value is my friends and family and I don’t want to be solely defined by the stories I tell and the movies I make. We want to make our mark, to feel we are doing something important. But in the end, we want to be loved and cherished for who we are. That comes from family.”
Warrior Poets COO Jeremy Chilnick and Richard Arlook are also on board as producers. Spurlock hopes to have the script finalized by this fall. His biggest challenges lie in finding the ideal actress to portray Mengers, as well as her star-studded clients.