Hook is the kind of movie I'd probably hate if it weren't a crucial part of my childhood. It's goofy, it's stupid, and it's only redeeming factor is an amazing Captain Hook portrayal from Dustin Hoffman. But, I also watched it a bazillion times as a kid, and could probably recite it from memory. My point is that it's a guilty pleasure. Some producers are counting on a lot of people being like me, because somebody is actually trying get a prequel about the character Rufio made.
Rufio, for those who haven't seen the movie, is the new leader of the Lost Boys, when the aged, Robin Williams-ified Peter Pan comes back to Neverland. He was played by Dante Basco (best known as the voice of Prince Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender), who is planning to produce the film. Rpin Suwannath (I'm so glad I don't have to narrate these things) is slated to direct. In an interview with ScreenCrave, Basco said,
"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 is 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.”
Now, before all you millions of Rufio fans out there get excited, "In Development" can mean a lot of things. At this point, it just means that the idea is being shopped around to business executives. It shouldn't surprise you if this movie ends up dead in the water. To close on a happy note, though, I think I'll leave you with one of cinema's greatest character introductions of all time.