Hook is one of those films that people love despite its flaws. It just hits all of the right nostalgia buttons. Rufio was certainly one of the standouts of the film—to this day the character pops up from time to time on the cosplay circuit. With that in mind, Hook star Dante Basco has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to make a short film about Rufio’s origins entitled Bangarang (naturally).
This is the story about Rufio, before the mohawk, before Neverland, before he was The Pan.
Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than he is. After his mother is forced to put him into a foster home, he and his rag-tag group of best friends – a Jamaican boy named Julani and a bright-eyed latina force of nature named Ella – find a way for Roofus to escape his ill fate, find his happy thought and fulfill his destiny.
The story has been reverse engineered from what was set-up in Hook. We answer all the questions you’ve ever wondered — How and why is Rufio the leader of the Lost Boys? Where does “bangarang” come from? And of course, how he gets the mohawk.
Basco will be a producer on the film, but won’t reprise his role. It goes without saying, but playing the part of a 13-year old kid would be difficult to pull off at 41.
The Bangarang Kickstarter is well on it’s way to reaching its $30,000 goal, but the team behind it promises that if funding reaches $200,000 the project would expand to a feature film. If you’re interested in seeing this film become a reality, head on over to the project page and pledge your support.
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