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HBO roundup: Tony Hawk doc acquistion; “Harry Potter” reunion special set

Premium pay TV network HBO has released details on upcoming documentary and non-fiction titles that cover a skateboarding legend, an unsolved police killing in Baltimore and a reunion of the Harry ...
November 17, 2021

Premium pay TV network HBO has released details on upcoming documentary and non-fiction titles that cover a skateboarding legend, an unsolved police killing in Baltimore and a reunion of the Harry Potter cast.

First, HBO announced on Tuesday (Nov. 16) that it has acquired Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off, a feature documentary about the skateboarding legend from Duplass Brothers Productions and director Sam Jones. The film will premiere on HBO next year, and be available to stream on HBO Max.

The documentary aims to take a wide-ranging, definitive look at Hawk’s life and career in skateboarding, a sport he’s been synonymous with for decades. The documentary boasts unprecedented access, never-before-seen footage and interviews with Hawk as well as other prominent figures in the sport such as Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain.

“I’ve been enamored and fascinated with Tony Hawk ever since 1983 when I saw him at the skatepark,” Jones said in a news release. “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.”

The film is executive produced by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass and Mel Eslyn. Jones has another documentary in post-production and being co-produced by the Duplass Brothers — Running With Our Eyes Closed, A Film about Jason Isbell.

HBO will also bring together stars of the Harry Potter franchise – Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – with director Chris Columbus and other cast members for a retrospective special celebrating the first film’s 20th anniversary and the series’ legacy.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will tell a making-of story through new in-depth interviews and conversations between cast members. The special will be available to stream on HBO Max at midnight on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. It will also debut on TBS and Cartoon Network in spring 2022 ahead of Warner Bros. Picture’s theatrical debut of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. More details on a global rollout will be announced later.

Other series alumni joining the tribute include Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps, and more.

The special is being produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Casey Patterson is executive producing the project.

Finally, HBO also unveiled details for The Slow Hustle, a feature documentary from director Sonja Sohn. The film covers the still unsolved death of Baltimore police detective Sean Suiter, who was fatally shot in the head in 2017 while in the line of duty.

The documentary includes interviews with Baltimore police, Suiter’s widow and children, journalists, lawyers and political leaders. The film investigates multiple theories that have emerged over the course of the investigation, while examining an erosion of public trust in policing that has made it more difficult to solve the case.

The film will debut on Dec. 7 on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. The film comes from Blowback Productions, with Sohn directing and producing. Sohn, Marc Levin and Kary Antholis serve as executive producers, Daphne Pinkerson serves as a supervising producer, and Mahrya MacIntire is a producer on the documentary. Sara Rodriguez is a senior producer for HBO with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller executive producing.

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