Rufio… RUUUFIIIIIOOOOO!23.05.12 # News # No Comment
Steven Spielberg’s Hook is a divisive movie. Derided by critics, embraced by the generation that grew up with it. And now we have word that we may soon be revisiting Spielberg’s Never Never Land in the form of a prequel focusing on the original character Rufio, portrayed by Dante Basco (voice of Prince Zuko in The Legend of Aang) in the original movie. Basco is producing and has lined up Rpin Suwannath, who has a history in visual effects and was in line to reboot Zorro, to direct the project. Read what Basco had to say about development below:
“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 “
A follow up to the immensely quotable and immensely fun kid’s adventure flick is certainly welcome as far as I’m concerned, ESPECIALLY focusing on Rufio, who I always loved growing up. Question is, who would they get to play him now that Dante Basco is all grown up? Sixteen year old Brandon Soo Hoo is the only actor that comes to mind -
We’d be interested to hear if you can think of anyone else!
Source: First Showing