Many kids that grew up in the late '90s and early '00s have at some point been in contact with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise. The series of games carried the mythology of skateboarding from the bowls of Venice Beach to sultry rooms of teenagers across the globe, teaching everyone what a kickflip or boardslide involved.
Back then, skateboarding became a whole lot bigger in a relatively short amount of time. This was not purely thanks to Tony Hawk's influential games, but the series certainly helped skateboarding become an almost mainstream sport that made skating's counterculture lifestyle strangely popular, even among those who would never dream of dropping into a vert ramp in real life.
The Rise And Fall Of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
The tale of how Tony Hawk's Pro Skater first came into being is a strange one. That much is apparent after watching the trailer for the upcoming documentary 'Pretending I'm A Superman', which follows the making of this iconic video game franchise, featuring interviews with the developers and skaters behind it.
Watch the trailer for 'Pretending I'm A Superman' below:
It really looks to be an interesting story, especially if you, like me, spent hours upon hours grinding rails, doing flips and performing handstands on the PlayStation 1 & 2 some 15 years ago. It was the perfect, comforting solution when you didn't have the guts to ollie that 5 step stair in the school yard.
A Small Time Game Gone Big
Activision's development of "a skateboarding themed video game" began in 1997, and the Neversoft company was spawned to accommodate the upcoming game that was expected to make little to no profit.
The developers from Neversoft reached out to Tony Hawk, the most recognizable skateboarder of all time, who was immediately on board (heh) after playing a very early version of the game. As the face of the franchise Tony credits much of his continued success to the series, which introduced him to an entirely new audience of gamers.
The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series went down in history as one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. 18 Tony Hawk's games were created and over 30 million copies have been sold. To this day, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is still the highest ranking PC game of all time on Metacritic.
The Documentary Needs Your Help
Pretending I'm A Superman is currently looking for more development funds on Indiegogo. The documentary has a flexible goal of $75,000 which would allow the team behind the movie to tell the entire Tony Hawk's Pro Skater story.
According to the campaign description on Indiegogo, there's still a long way to go as they've only shot about 20 percent of the documentary. The donation funds would pay camera operators, sound recordists, gaffers, post-production crew and other production expenses.
There are some pretty nice perks for backing, ranging from digital copies of the documentary to exclusive decks signed by Tony Hawk himself.
Pretending I'm A Superman is set to release in the summer / fall of 2018.
What do you think about a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater documentary?