Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and its many sequels amassed a passionate fanbase over the late 1990s and early 2000s, thanks to their compelling gameplay and their irreverent rendition of the skater ethos. Now, longtime series producer Ralph D'Amato is calling on fans to help fund a new documentary.
The documentary Pretending I'm a Superman will take viewers behind the scenes to see how Tony Hawk's Pro Skater came about. D'Amato has already shot some interviews for the doc, which have been employed to compile a trailer that's being used to promote a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
The trailer demonstrates the kind of insight the completed project would give into the development of the series. For instance, it reveals that an early design concept for the original game saw every level take the structure of a downhill course that led to a more traditional skate park area.
D'Amato and his team are hoping to raise at least $75,000 over the next month to make their film a reality. The documentary will feature interviews with skaters like Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen, as well as members of the development team who worked on the series' most memorable installments.
Perks for fans who lay down some of their hard-earned cash include t-shirts, DVD copies of the finished product signed by Tony Hawk himself, and the opportunity to be interviewed for the film. The most expensive perk — which costs a whopping $7,000 — grants the buyer the chance to head out to Hawk's home and skate with him.
The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series still has a legion of fans, and with over $5,000 already raised at the time of writing, it seems likely that this crowdfunding campaign will be a big success. Hopefully, Pretending I'm a Superman will be a better way to remember the franchise than the terrible Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater can be played on a variety of legacy platforms, such as PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo 64.