Bangarang!: “Hook” Star Dante Basco Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Rufio Prequel

Dante Basco, the actor who played Lost Boy Rufio in the 1992 Steven Spielberg film Hook, has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking $30,000 for the Rufio prequel, Bangarang.  The film’s synopsis reads:

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.”

Speaking about why the film is being created nearly 25 years after Hook’s release, Basco and his team revealed:

In a world of endless sequels, prequels, and reboots – we feel Bangarang holds a unique place. Sure, it draws off a popular studio film, and billion dollar property (Peter Pan), but the key for us is that this movie is a social commentary on the current world climate. We are taking a beloved character out of his comfort zone. This is an underdog, coming-of-age film in all the best ways. It’s the story of a under represented group of heroes – bullied because they’re different, and nothing more (such as Roofus, who comes from a immigrant family) – who won’t let their villains get in the way of destiny. We think there’s a hunger for good storytelling and strong execution, as well as fun original characters. With Bangarang, we plan to do just that.”

Although the campaign is seeking a minimum of $30,000, the film’s team noted that if it exceeds $200,000, they will be able to make the full feature film. Those who back the project will receive various rewards, including a personalized thank you letter from Dante and the filmmaking team, a signed exclusive Rufio photograph, digital assets from storyboards, concept art, MP3 of the score, and even a chance to be an associate producer. Estimated delivery of all rewards is April 2017. 

The campaign is set to close on March 14th.

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