Original star launches campaign for Hook prequel…
Who doesn’t love Hook? While the film wasn’t perhaps as successful as many had hoped back in 1991 (though it did gross over $300million worldwide), the film has become a classic over the years through home entertainment sales and new screenings that have seen different generations enjoy it. Now it seems we may be getting a prequel of sorts thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign (via TheWrap).
Star Dante Basco, who played Rufio on the film, has started the campaign which could see either a new short or feature film about the character. Called “Bangarang”, the project would take place before Neverland and the arrival of Peter Pan with the official synopsis stating:
“…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 film’s goal is $30,000 and at the time of writing it had reached over $17,300. That said, a feature-length film would be made should the campaign reach $200,000. Click here for the Kickstarter pledge page. Basco will be an executive producer on the project, along with Rawn Ericson II. Jonah Feingold will direct and co-write with Jeremy Dylan, who is also a producer.
Released in 1991, Hook was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Robin Williams (Peter Pan/Peter Banning), Dustin Hoffman (Captain Hook), Julia Roberts (Tinker-Bell), Bob Hoskins (Smee) and Maggie Smith (Wendy Darling).