As both a sequel and a standalone movie, Hook has a solid reputation as a piece of cinema history. Boasting a cast including Maggie Smith, Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman as the titular Captain Hook and the legendary Robin Williams as an aged and boring Peter Pan, it told the story of life after Neverland. Peter was grown, married to Wendy’s daughter Moira and had become another regular adult, the magic of Neverland lost to his childhood, a disappointment to his own children who never new the Peter that the Lost Boys loved. When he is dragged back to Neverland, he sees what has become of the land of his childhood.
The pirates are running rampant and the Lost Boys have a new leader – Rufio.
Over the course of the movie, Peter rediscovers the magic of his old home. He becomes the hero he was always supposed to be, for his children. It is a heartwarming tale that reminds us that even adults need to connect with their inner child sometimes, or they’ll forget how to fly and their kids will get kidnapped by pirates.
But it does leave a lot of questions unanswered. Who is Rufio? How did he become the leader of the Lost Boys? What did the Boys do between the time when Peter left and Rufio arrived? Where does Rufio get hair dye in Neverland?
A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched to create a movie that will answer at least some of those questions, with Dante Basco himself – who portrayed Rufio in the original movie – executive producing.
The film will tell the story of a boy called Roofus before he became Rufio. The synopsis on the Kickstarter page describes the plot:
“This is the story about 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 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. “
The team are asking for a starting target of $30,000 to make a short film, but if enough people get behind it and they manage to make $200,000, they plan to make a full length feature.