Last week came word that actor Dante Basco was setting out to direct the short film “Bangarang,” a film that would serve as a prequel for the Lost Boys and their leader Rufio as seen in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film “Hook”.
Basco played Rufio in the “Peter Pan” sequel, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the project off the ground with a goal of $30,000 to make it. A few days on, the short has already soared past its intended benchmark and currently sites at $38,000 with 831 backers.
There are still 24 days left to go in the campaign which says if Basco can bring the full tally up to at least $200,000 or higher, he and his team could make a feature film prequel to “Hook”.
The story would follow Roofus (who becomes Rufio), 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.
“Hook” was released by Sony Pictures and Amblin Entertainment and even today the copyright over “Peter Pan” as a story remains decidedly complicated and depends on several factors such as country. “Hook” made $300.8 million worldwide from a $70 million budget.