Dante Basco, who played Rufio in the 1990 film Hook, is executive producing a new film that gives that character's backstory.
Described as "a coming of age story about a young Filipino boy who becomes a hero, inspired by the movie Hook," the short fan film is about $5,000 short of its $30,000 funding goal at present, with 25 days left to go.
"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," says the film's Kickstarter page. "This is an underdog, coming-of-age film in all the best ways. It's the story of a under represented group of heroes - bullied because they're different, and nothing more (such as Roofus, who comes from a immigrant family) - who won't let their villains get in the way of destiny. We think there's a hunger for good storytelling and strong execution, as well as fun original characters. With Bangarang, we plan to do just that."
The producers explain that the film is "has been reverse engineered from what was set-up in Hook."
Fans who want to support the project can donate anything they want, with rewards that range from having your name in the credits to an executive producer credit of your own.
The film is also still looking for actors, so there's a casting call inside the page, which you can see at the link above.
Here's the official synopsis:
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.