Dante Basco Wants to Make a Rufio Prequel

Photo Credit: Tristar Pictures

Photo Credit: Tristar Pictures

More than 25 years after his Lost Boy, Rufio, stole the show in Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Dante Basco wants to tell the rest of the character’s story. And he’s asking for your help.

Basco and his team of “hungry and seasoned filmmakers” have launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $30,000 to fund the making of a short film titled “Bangarang”, about 13-year old Roofus, the boy who would become Rufio. The group have also set a “dream milestone” of $200,000 which they believe will allow them to make a feature film. As is standard for Kickstarter campaigns, donors can come away with a range of rewards, from “a special thanks” to an executive producer credit on the film.

In addition to donating toward the cause, fans can also respond to the casting call for a chance to be Roofus or one of his best friends, Julani and Ella.

Spielberg’s original fantasy film featured the late Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan who is forced to return to Neverland to save his kids who had been abducted by Captain Hook, played by Dustin Hoffman. The film also starred Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell and Maggie Smith as Wendy.

After Robin Williams’ recent suicide, Basco posted the below YouTube video and a farewell letter on his blog to his former costar.

The Bangarang Kickstarter campaign ends on March 14, 2017, and, as of the time of this posting, has received just under $12,000 in pledges.

Gino Barrica is a first generation Filipino-American. He is an immigration and personal injury attorney and lives in Northern California.