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Chairman of the Board Tony Hawk Skates Into His Own Disney Movie

19 Nov, 2001 By: Staff Reporter

Could skateboarding star Tony Hawk be the next "Rocky"-type hero? The Walt Disney Co. thinks so. The studio has optioned Hawk's autobiographyHawk: Occupation: Skateboarder as well as his life rights for a biopic feature that Andrew Gunn willproduce, with Hawk executive producing through his 900 Films.

The project aims to be in the vein of a Rocky for youths set against a Fast Times at Ridgemont Highbackdrop. It will focus on Hawk's life as a teenager during the 1980s, when he was a gawky outcast ridiculed by his peers for his undersize frame and a passion for a sport deemed uncool. Hawk went on to become a pro skateboarder at 14 and remained virtually unmatched in his field until he retired a few years ago at age 32.

Screenwriter Nathan Skulnik has been tapped to adapt Hawk's book, which was published by HarperCollins in June. Author Sean Mortimer co-wrote the book with Hawk.

The project reunites Hawk with Disney, for which he appeared as himself in the recent comedy Max Keeble's Big Move. He also is developing a skateboarding project for Revolution Studios in which he will star and executive produce.

Hawk is repped by WMA, managed by his sister Pat Hawk and lawyered by Doug Mark. He won the inaugural ESPN Action Sports Achievement Award this year for his skateboarding, which has included the invention of more than 80 tricks, including "The 9" -- a 900-degree aerial spin. It was this accomplishment that inspired the name of Hawk's production company.

Hawk also helped create the video game series Tony Hawk Pro Skater, for which a third installment isdue out this year.

--Zorianna Kit for The Hollywood Reporter

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