To combat the growing contingent of people who have trouble recognising him in person, the Duplass brothers are producing another feature-length documentary about Tony Hawk, directed by tour de force photographer turned filmmaker, Sam Jones (Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco).
The currently untitled film will, of course, explore the life, times, and historic – yes, historic – career of the 53-year-old innovator, who paved the way for an entire culture, as well as what is now an official Olympic sport. While further details have yet to be revealed, we can expect stories like how Activision called him in for a meeting and slid a $4 million cheque across the desk circa 2002 (ahead of the Pro Skater 4 release) to be included.
“We’ve been quietly working on this one for a few years,” reveals Mark Duplass.
“We are floored with the unmitigated access Tony has allowed us to his life and his fascinating relationship to the sport.”
“We have already shot everything for it, it’s just in the editing process,” says Tony Hawk himself.
“I definitely wanted to give them as much footage and interview as possible.”
Hawk has previously been examined by Jones on camera, albeit in a slightly different format. The former was interviewed on the latter’s series, Off Camera.
“I’ve been a skater my whole life, so this film is a passion project for me and I am excited to find a good home for it,” says Jones.
According to Variety, the brand new Tony Hawk documentary is expected to hit the film festival circuit before arriving at cinemas for a proper release sometime in 2022. And once again, the comedic geniuses over at the AVClub has soundly beaten us to the punch with a killer title proposal: Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Kickflips).