What’s cooler than getting a Rufio tattoo to cover up your Edward Cullen tattoo? The possibility of a Hook sequel centered on Rufio, easily the coolest Filipino character in early 90s pirate films not counting Cutthroat Island. This according to Dante “Rufio” Basco himself, who was interviewed by CraveOnline recently at the Asian Pacific Film Festival, where he starred in two films.
“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.”
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 .”
“We’re pitching it around right now. We haven’t found a home for it yet. The director we have attached right is, like I said, in the middle of doing Zorro for Fox. Hopefully if Zorro goes well Fox will have more incentive for this movie but it’s a big movie. It’s not like an independent budget.” [CraveOnline]
Basco clarifies that he won’t be in it himself – after all, this is meant to be a prequel, and he’s practically a paunchy, sag-bottom puke pot these days. I’m guess they’ll need someone younger, which is a shame, because I hate little kids. I vote Peter Dinklage.
Well they sure don’t make ‘em like that anymore. (Less cocaine nowadays, thankfully). I always wondered why the imaginary food was just pure frosting. It’s all empty calories! That’s probably why Rufio’s buddy had an obesity problem.