Dante Basco, known in recent years for his work as a voice actor, has started an online campaign to produce a prequel to the film that made him a star. The film is “Hook,” in case you were unsure.
The film would be called “Bangarang,” which was the Lost Boys’ battlecry in the 1991 movie “Hook.” The Kickstarter page describes the project as “A coming of age story about a young Filipino boy who becomes a hero, inspired by the movie Hook.” The boy’s name is Rufio, or Roofus, and this film would come “before Neverland, before he was The Pan.”
“Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than he is,” the official synopsis explains. “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.”
Basco will serve as executive producer, with Rawn Ericson II, Jonah Feingold, and Jeremy Dylan also attached.
The campaign’s main goal is currently listed as $30,000. At the time of this article’s publishing, the amount raised was $23,576, so they’re gonna hit it for sure. That said, Basco asserts that the film will only be feature-length if they are able to raise $200,000. Otherwise, it will be merely a short film.
“We’re confident that for that budget, we could tell this story in feature form and bring you to a version of Neverland you’ve never seen before,” the page explains.
Basco previously revived the character as the star of an online puppet show. Reportedly, he did not actually die at the end of the movie, although I’m not entirely sure he’s aware he’s now a puppet. Okay, we all know why he’s a puppet, but we do not question puppets.
One wonders if the American public can stomach another Peter Pan-themed prequel after the critically-panned box-office bomb that was 2015’s Pan, although I’m sure Basco has the sense to avoid the mistakes of that train-wreck. And if all else fails, at least there is hope that one day Basco will return to reboot all the other famous characters he brought to the world that could have otherwise been lost to time.