'Hook' Star Dante Basco Developing Prequel on His Character Rufio?!

May 21, 2012
Source: Crave Online


Since the Steven Spielberg adventure Hook was already a sequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan, you might expect that a return to Neverland over 20 years later with Robin Williams and maybe even Dustin Hoffman reprising their roles would be in the cards. Instead, Crave Online has word from actor Dante Basco, who played the lewd, crude, rude, bag of pre-chewed food dude, Rufio, is in the middle of developing a prequel that follows that very character. Basco, who is now 36-years old, will not be reprising his role, but as a producer he's already locked down Rpin Suwannath, who was once rebooting Zorro, lined up to direct.

Basco told Crave briefly:

"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.

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 "

Suwannath is a special effects previsualization specialist who has worked on X-Men, The Matrix, Superman Returns and more, and this will be his directorial debut, should a studio pick up the film as Basco pitches it around town. He was once expected to direct Zorro Reborn, but he's actually be replaced by Ricardo de Montreuil. There's no telling if he's got the chops to actually bring this character to life again and make a splash as a feature director though.

Honestly, this idea sounds pretty cool, especially as someone who pretended to be Rufio all the time as a kid (parents would let me get the mohawk, but I could fly, and fight and crow like a boss). I like that Basco (who has been busy doing a lot of voicework in cartoons like "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "American Dragon: Jake Long") has gotten involved with the project, and if the story is good enough, I wonder if Steven Spielberg might be able to help him out a little bit. Hook still stands as one of my childhood favorites, even with its flaws and Spielberg's disappointment in the final product.Anyone interested?

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Nick Sears on May 21, 2012



LosZombies on May 22, 2012


Not sure what to think of this. He's only 36?!

Chris Amaya on May 21, 2012


He was only like 15-16 back then... +20 years = 36. Not everyone playing teens back then were a bunch of stuffy 30 year olds (like 90210).

Akirakorn on May 21, 2012



Jertown on May 21, 2012


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! 😉

Alex Billington on May 22, 2012


I watched Hook countless times as a kid.

hawk99 on May 21, 2012


Ok let's be honest. This movie should not be made. Another Pan movie is in the works anyways.Then again, MIB3? I gues you never can tell these days. How about a Serenity sequel now that JW has some clout?

ion677 on May 21, 2012


Fuckin' A! Billions of dollars worldwide. That man now has a lifetime pass to do whatever he wants. Let's get Serenity 2, let's get more Firefly!

grimjob on May 21, 2012


"Now that JW has clout"...? You are retarded.

Jake D on May 22, 2012


Yeah. As in, now that he's made one of the most profitable movies of all time, studios are more likely to back whatever project he wants. SMD troll.

ion677 on May 23, 2012


Of course! Because after Buffy, Angel, Firely, Serenity, Toy Story he was still just a nobody trying to make his way in Hollywood. He already had 'clout', probably why he was given the job of writing and directing The Avengers.

Jake D on May 29, 2012



Akirakorn on May 21, 2012


I meet writers all the time who have crazy ideas too. They are crazy, but they're also lumps of poop. Why bother even making the film anyway since the character dies?

Crapola on May 21, 2012


Why bother making war movies?

dnwilliams on May 22, 2012


In that photo, Rufio is saying, "i like to suck big dicks. Mmmmm, mmmmmm, i can't get enough of 'em". A quarter for anyone who knows what movie that quote comes from.

Bobo_Vision on May 21, 2012



grimjob on May 21, 2012


Prince Zuko FTW

Outlaw on May 21, 2012


Rpin Suwannath...?! BAHAHAHA. That guy is such a hack.

Zorro on May 22, 2012


Actually Rpin did NOT work on ground breaking The Matrix. He worked on the crappy sequels. And by no means is he a previz specialist let alone a director.

Legion on May 22, 2012


Has he made any short films of his own? If he did then I'd say he's a director. Whether he is a good director is another topic for debate.

Carolyn Keene on May 22, 2012


Rufalo was great as Zucko.

TheImp on May 22, 2012


sounds like s##t

Jesse Bangerter on May 22, 2012


Premise is weak. Director attached has no credit and got the Zorro film with an even weaker premise taken away from him. What the hell is a previsualization specialist anyways? This is a recipe for FAIL.

Daryl Dixon on May 22, 2012


Hook is one of my all time favorite movies, so i'm both curious and hesitant about this. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. That to see the Pan making a comeback in hollywood though!

Danimal on May 22, 2012


Hookers: The Rise of Rufio.

Nick on May 22, 2012



Max on May 22, 2012


Rufio sucked. He didn't even fly. But if they got Dustin Hoffman to reprise as Hook, well then that would be awesome.

stevieray1986 on May 22, 2012


The best news but I've no idea why

Barbara Ruiz on May 27, 2012

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