These L.A. Heroes are Making a Hook Prequel and We’re Not Crying You’re Crying

It’s the Rufio origin story you’ve always wanted
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When you watch Hook—the seminal 1991 reimagining of Peter Pan starring a perfectly eye-linered Robin Williams and a bewigged Dustin Hoffman and a fresh-faced Gwyneth Paltrow and a deceptively old Dame Maggie Smith, who was only 58 when that movie came out but who was made up to look like she was 1,000—you probably find yourself asking a lot of questions about Neverland’s head Lost Boy, Rufio:

-What kind of a name is Rufio, anyway?

-Where in the world did he learn insults like, “You are fart factory, slug-slimed, sack-of-rat-guts-in-cat-vomit, cheesy, scab-picked, pimple-squeezing finger bandage. A week old maggot burger with everything on it and flies on the side”?

-How did he come to coin the term “Bangarang,” which later became his signature phrase?

-Should you be concerned that, between him and The Labyrinth’King Jareth, the childhood version of you had a weird thing for men who made very intense hair, makeup, and wardrobe choices?

It’s possible all of these questions, except maybe the last one, will soon be answered. Dante Basco, who played Rufio, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Rufio origin story titled Bangarang. Basco along with filmmakers Jeremy Dylan and Jonah Feingold are trying to raise $30,000 to make the short happen; they’ve already raised nearly $24,000, thank the Lord, but here’s the best part: if they raise over $200,000, they’ll blow the short out into a full-length film, which is almost too bangarang to handle. Watch the trailer below, then donate for all our sakes.

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