Bangarang! Remember the angry crop-top wearing leader of the lost boys, from Robin Williams' slightly creepy take on the Peter Pan fairytale, Hook? Now Rufio is getting a movie prequel of his own, and it's taking us behind the red and black mohawk.
In an interview with Crave actor Dante Basco revealed the plans to make a movie about a younger Rufio:
Is Rufio still recognized today?
Yeah, Rufio's still around. I have a T-shirt company, Rufio Inc. and we're doing charity work to try to unite the Lost Boys of the world, try to just raise funding and charity stuff for at risk youth, "Lost Boys." Rufio's a great iconic character for a certain generation and definitely something I'm always associated with, proud to be associated with which is cool. Actually there's a film in development, the Rufio film, where a hotshot group of kids from the East Coast graduated and they wrote this whole script, the prequel to Hook and it's the Rufio story. We have it right now with a director, Rpin Suwannath who's doing the new Zorro for Fox. He has the script and he's attached to the film and I'm attached to produce so that's actually in development right now — which'll be cool, a Rufio for a whole new generation.
We don't want to spoil Hook for new kids, but Rufio wasn't supposed to grow up anyway so is there any chance for you to play old Rufio?
No, I don't think I'm in it. I'm definitely not in it but I definitely want to find the next young hopefully Filipino actor to play the role, or Asian-American actor to carry on the Rufio tradition.
Will the new Rufio still have the Mohawk?
Yes, the storyline is crazy actually. These guys have a whole storyline of how he gets the Mohawk. The whole story's crazy. These guys came with the script, I'm like, "You guys wrote this?" Not only did they write this, they did the musical in their college. They were going to go off Broadway with it and then they lost their insurance and they came to Hollywood. If anyone saw their play it's that, but the newer version is pretty intense. They added more action. I never saw the play but I think they added more backstory to Rufio, like how he became Rufio which I was impressed by. It's in development .
Let's hope they get a shitload of money for this production, because this is fan-service of the highest order. Quick, to the Kickstarter!