'Hook' prequel film 'Bangarang' reaches Kickstarter goal

By Wade Sheridan

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A Hook prequel film centering around Lost Boy Rufio will become a reality thanks to Kickstarter.

The campaign. started by Dante Basco who portrayed Rufio in Steven Spielberg's original 1991 film, has reached over $40,000 on Kickstarter from its original $30,000 goal.


Titled Bangarang, the short film according to its funding page follows the story of 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 synopsis continues.

"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."


After reaching its goal with 23 days left to pledge, Basco, who is executive producing, and his team have created a $200,000 stretch goal to make the project into a feature film instead of a short.

"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," Basco said.

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