Mark Hamill, admired by movie lovers and worshipped by geeks for his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, will be serving his fanatical fan base with a new show for Comic-Con HQ, the recently-launched SVOD service designed to turn San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round experience.
Titled “Pop Culture Quest,” the docu-style series, hosted and produced by Hamill, will focus on passionate fans and their memorabilia collections. It will begin shooting in June when he returns from shooting “Star Wars VIII” in the U.K. and debut on Comic-HQ this fall.
Hamill will be able to relate to the show’s subjects fan-to-fan. The actor is a passionate collector who has been amassing comic books, toys, lunch boxes, records, puppets, original artwork and other memorabilia the early 1970s.
“I’ve been a collector all my life,” said Hamill in a statement. “This show is a natural outgrowth of that passion. Now I have an opportunity to collect other people’s collections! I can’t wait to see what’s out there and share it with the world. Collectibles are a living history of who and what we are, so we just might learn something… but there’s no doubt we’re going to have fun!”
Hamill recently explored his passionate fandom for the British rock band The Kinks, interviewing the band’s co-founder and frontman Ray Davies for the April cover story of the magazine “The Big Issue.” On June 26, he is scheduled to interview Davies on-stage about the band’s albums “Everybody’s In Showbiz” and “Muswell Hillbillies” at London’s Hornsey Town Hall, after which Davies will perform a series songs from the albums and Hamill will read excerpts from Davies’ memoir “Americana.”
“Pop Culture Quest” will re-team Hamill with his friend and “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” producer Howard Kazanjian. Kazanjian was also executive on “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and he served as a VP at Lucasfilm during its dramatic expansion in the 1980s. Producer Darren Moorman (“Same Kind of Different as Me”) and longtime collector and vintage show promoter Scott Kinney will serve as executive producers.
“From the moment I started talking with Mark about this idea over three years ago, his enthusiasm was infectious,” said Seth Laderman, EVP and GM of Comic-Con HQ, in a statement. “It had such an impact on me that after I came to Comic-Con HQ, my first call was to him and his team about how to bring this show to our community.”
Comic-Con HQ debuted as free offering in beta on the web and iOS and Android devices last month. The paid subscription service will roll out this summer over connected devices including Roku, AppleTV and Xbox One. No price has been revealed.
The ad-free streaming service will feature original scripted and unscripted series, recurring daily and weekly entertainment commentary, a selection of film and TV genre titles, and bonus features from genre titles, along with an expanding library of live and archival programming culled from Comic-Con events, which, in addition to Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 20–24 at the San Diego Convention Center), include WonderCon in Los Angeles and the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco.
More programming and partnerships for Comic-Con HQ will be announced in the coming weeks.