The 1991 adventure classic Hook, starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, is remembered fondly by fans of a certain vintage. But at the time is was considered a disappointment. Falling short of expectations at the box office while not winning over enough critics, the feature is said to stack up as one of Steven Spielberg's greatest flops in his illustrious career.
This has not however prevented Dante Brasco from creating a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund a prequel for the film. Playing Lost Boy leader Rufio, the 41-year old has put the word out to see just how much he can leverage his supporters to get behind the ambitious project.
Bold Brasco Wants To Fill In The Gaps To Rufio's Story
Posting his project online, Brasco explains that the objective is to tell the story of Rufio before he earned the trust and leadership of the Lost Boys.
"This is the story about Rufio, before the mohawk, before Neverland, before he was The Pan," he starts. "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."
Desperate Dante? Actor Makes His Pitch To The People
To bypass a Hollywood studio and access public money would be quite the achievement for a man that has gone on to achieve little in the industry since. Minus Spielberg himself and with potential rights issues over the horizon, Brasco argues that the narrative is there should he get the resources to make it happen.
"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. 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."