Talk of a forthcoming documentary that focuses on the generation defining video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater has been doing the rounds for a while now, but work on Pretending I’m A Superman looks to be wrapping shortly with the producers sharing a brand new trailer this week. If you were one of the countless teenagers who spent hours with the game, the trailer will give you plenty to 360′ flip out about.
The documentary was made possible thanks to The Berrics, who teamed up with award-winning Swedish director Ludvig Gür and former video game exec Ralph D’Amato who was a producer for Neversoft. Essentially the spiritual sequel to Dog Town and Z boys, Pretending I’m A Superman is set to the backdrop of the sudden and sweeping decline in skateboard’s popularity in the 80s following its extreme popularity in the decades prior.
THPS was the brain child of, well, Tony Hawk, who was an avid video game player in his youth, and whose popularity throughout the 80’s as a pro-skater is viewed as being a main reason that the sport began to experience a revival. In 1987, as part of the then-current incantation of The Bones Brigade, Hawk led the charge on The Search For Animal Chin, a skate video that flipped the whole concept of ‘skate videos’ on its head, with help from Jason Lee and The Beastie Boys’ Mike D.
So, it’s safe to say that if a revolutionary moment was going to happen in the skateboard world, it was going to be the brain child of Tony Hawk.
Now 20 years old, with more than 9 million sales under its belt, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is nothing short of talismanic for fans of skateboarding, video games and punk music with the soundtrack featuring plenty of popular acts while also breaking the careers of countless more. The doco’s name, Pretending I’m A Superman, is a tip of the hat to a Goldfinger song featured on the video game.
As well adding plenty of texture to the climate surrounding the video games success, Pretending I’m A Superman will also feature interviews from Tony Hawk, Eric Koston, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen and many more.
No official release date is confirmed yet, other than sometime this year. You can follow the teams progress right here.