The Tony Hawk Pro Skater games were hugely popular and still fondly remembered today, but they might have had an even bigger impact outside of video games. The series re-popularized skateboarding and punk rock by introducing the sport and culture to an entire generation of gamers. Its legacy is explored in the new documentary Pretending I’m a Superman.
Just weeks ahead of the remaster of the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, Wood Entertainment is releasing Pretending I’m a Superman, a documentary celebrating the series and documenting how it rescued skateboarding culture from extinction.
Pretending I’m a Superman debuts on August 18. Read Wood Entertainment’s press release below.
WOOD ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE TONY HAWK DOC THIS SUMMER
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PRO SKATER STORY “PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN” ARRIVES ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS AUGUST 18
LOS ANGELES: JULY 2, 2020 – Wood Entertainment is proud to announce the August 18 digital/VOD release of the highly anticipated documentary feature PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN – THE TONY HAWK VIDEO GAME STORY. Wood Entertainment acquired Worldwide rights to the film in May at the Mammoth Film Festival in a deal negotiated between CEO Tara Wood and Producer Ralph D’Amato (“Tony Hawk Pro Skater” series, “Gun”) on behalf of D’Amato Productions.
Arriving just ahead of the eagerly-awaited reboot of the $1.4 billion Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series coming this September, this definitive documentary from Director Ludvig Gür tells the story of skater turned video game mogul Tony Hawk, and the near extinction of skateboarding culture before exploding back into the mainstream in the early 2000s.
“PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN is a robust, real-life story of our successful videogame series as told by those who created it, and many who were inspired by it” said multi-record-breaking skateboarder and documentary subject Tony Hawk.
“I’m really excited to partner with Wood Entertainment” said director Gür. “It’s been a long journey making the documentary and I’m stoked it will finally be released for skateboarding and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater fans worldwide. The art form and video game had an enormous impact on Generation Y / Z and the story behind it is even more fascinating.”
In 1999, the video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater shook the world when it sold 9 million copies upon release and changed the skateboarding scene forever. Pretending I’m a Superman is the story of the skaters and developers who came together to create the best-selling game as well as a look into how skateboarding became a part of the mainstream.
Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with the legendary skater Tony Hawk as well as industry stars interviews with Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, and Jamie Thomas, Gür takes audiences through an intimate yet extraordinary journey, chronicling the meteoric rise of skate boarding’s most famous name.
“Tony Hawk has one of the most inspiring stories ever told, from groundbreaking skater to gaming mogul” said Wood. “We are thrilled to present it to its worldwide audience.”
ABOUT WOOD ENTERTAINMENT
Wood Entertainment is a worldwide distribution company. Its current release is QT8: THE FIRST EIGHT, the authorized Quentin Tarantino documentary, available now on all major digital platforms.