For Asian American (especially young Filipino American) Gen X and Y’ers, the character of Rufio was a big deal. The leader of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg’s HOOK, he was someone to look up to. Dante Basco was no Short Round (with much respect to Ke Huy Quan and his great work in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM). Still, Rufio was no FOB. He was a bad-ass, who was redeemed during the final battle in the film and also made a hero’s sacrifice (sorry, spoilers).
I know Dante and he’s had a solid career that has spanned over 25 years, but Rufio was a seminal character that still resonates to this day and he will forever be attached to him.
Entertainment Weekly reported yesterday that a bunch of filmmakers, with involvement from Dante Basco, is mounting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a short film prequel about Rufio:
The actor, who starred as Rufio in the Steven Spielberg-directed film in 1992, has opened a Kickstarter campaign for a prequel about his character, the mohawked leader of the Lost Boys who challenges Robin Williams’ Pan when he returns to Neverland.
Basco and his group are seeking $30,000 to make the short film BANGARANG, which will tell the story of an orphaned Rufio — originally named Roofus — before he came to Neverland.
On the Kickstarter page, the film is described as being “about believing in yourself, and not letting your past define you are. Finding your destiny and forcing it into existence.”
At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $12k with the campaign ending on March 14.