Groms, posers, and non-locals alike rejoice. Cult classic film – Lords of Dogtown – is being adapted into a TV series thanks to MiddKid Productions, Sony Pictures TV, as well as the development team over at Amazon‘s free streaming service, IMDb TV.
Inspired by the 2001 documentary Dogtown & Z-Boys directed by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta (and by extension, the real-life events throughout the 1970s), the original 2005 film – also penned by Peralta – was an ensemble affair starring Emile Hirsch, Heath Ledger, Michael Angarano, and Rebecca De Mornay; in addition to cameos from names such as Tony Hawk, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Renner, and more.
Lords of Dogtown followed the biographical exploits of the Zephyr Skateboard Team responsible for bringing skateboarding to the American mainstream, positioning it for the greater Western world and beyond. And the upcoming series will obviously serve as a continuation of such.
According to Variety, the Lords of Dogtown TV series will be a one-hour drama set in the very same southern Californian skateboarding/surf scene circa 1970s. Centred on a “hell-raising teenage girl” who grows up in the foster care system and soon “falls in with a crowd of skaters” who idolise the Zephyr Skateboard Team, while the premise may be a continuation, it does appear as though it’ll offer a fresh perspective on the existing mythology.
Kat Chandler (Hellion, Queen Sugar, 13 Reasons Why) is currently attached to write and executive produce the project. Chandler will be joined by Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, and Catherine Hardwicke in executive producer capacities. Official casting has not been announced thus far.