HBO has acquired TONY HAWK: UNTIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF, a feature documentary about the skateboarding legend from Mark and Jay Duplass’ Duplass Brothers Productions and director Sam Jones. The film will debut on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max in 2022.
The film is a wide-ranging, definitive look at Hawk’s life and iconic career, and his relationship with the sport with which he’s been synonymous for decades. Hawk, born in San Diego, Calif., is a pioneer of modern vertical skating and one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. The documentary features unprecedented access, never-before-seen footage, and interviews with Hawk, and prominent figures in the sport including Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Neil Blender, Andy MacDonald, Duane Peters, Sean Mortimer, and Christian Hosoi.
“Sam has managed to make a film that somehow transcends the sport of skating and becomes a unique and very human portrait,” said Mark Duplass. “Can’t wait to share this thing with the world.”
“I’ve been enamored and fascinated with Tony Hawk ever since 1983 when I saw him at the skatepark,” said Jones. “To get to know him as a human being has been the great journey of this film, and to share my love of skating in this way is the culmination of my creative endeavors.”
TONY HAWK: UNTIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF is directed by Sam Jones and executive produced by Mark Duplass, Mel Eslyn and Jay Duplass.
ABOUT DUPLASS BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS
Under their banner Duplass Brothers Productions (DBP), award-winning filmmakers Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass and Mel Eslyn create original projects for film, television, and digital media. In television, DBP is under a first-look deal with HBO which has yielded the hit series “Room 104,” “Togetherness,” and the HBO animated series “Animals,” which sold after premiering at Sundance in 2015. Currently, DBP is producing a series for HBO starring Bridget Everett.
DBP is also active in the docuseries television space, best known for producing Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country,” winner of the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series in 2018. Most recently, DBP produced the popular series “The Lady and the Dale” on HBO, which followed Elizabeth Carmichael, a larger-than-life entrepreneur who rose to prominence in the 1970’s with her promotion of a fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car known as The Dale. The team also produced Hulu’s “Sasquatch,” “On Tour With Asperger’s Are Us” for HBO, and “Evil Genius” for Netflix.
In film, Mark and Jay first gained recognition in the early 2000’s for writing, directing and producing several acclaimed independent and studio films, including “The Puffy Chair,” “Baghead,” “Cyrus,” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” DBP’s numerous feature film credits in the decades following have included “The One I Love,” “Tangerine,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Creep” (1 & 2), “The Overnight,” “Blue Jay,” “Horse Girl,” “Paddleton,” “Outside In,” “Duck Butter,” and “The Skeleton Twins.” DBP recently released Natalie Morales’ directorial debut “Language Lessons,” as well as the documentary “Not Going Quietly” about the life and work of the activist Ady Barkan.
ABOUT SAM JONES
Sam Jones is a director of documentary films and narrative television. He most recently directed an episode of “Ted Lasso” and has two documentary films in post production: “Running With Our Eyes Closed, A Film about Jason Isbell,” and “Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Come Off.” Both films are being co-produced by the Duplass Brothers and Jones.
Jones is the creator and host of the documentary series “Off Camera with Sam Jones,” which had a 219 episode run on DirecTV’s Audience Network from 2013-2020. Jones is also an acclaimed commercial director and recently wrote and directed a series of commercials for OnePlus featuring Robert Downey Jr. He directed the Showtime series “Roadies,” created by Cameron Crowe, and also directed and produced the feature length Showtime documentary “Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued,” a film that reexamines Bob Dylan’s “The Basement Tapes.” In 2002, Jones started his documentary career with “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” which chronicles beloved indie-rock band Wilco’s tumultuous recording of their acclaimed fourth album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” Rolling Stone named “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” one of the best rock films of all time.
Jones began his career as a photographer and quickly gained acclaim for his seminal portraits of cultural icons. His work has appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, and many others, and he has had several books published.
Jones lives in Los Angeles with his daughters and still loves to skateboard.