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We’re Never Getting A Forrest Gump 2 And This Is Why

Forrest Gump was a big-time crowd-pleaser,
and a sequel would’ve definitely also earned stacks of cash at the box office. So what kept a potential part two from ever
hitting theaters? Well, stop eating those shrimp and grab your
running shoes as we find out why Forrest Gump 2 never got made. Once upon a time, Tom Hanks was best known
as a comedian. But then the Oscar-winning double whammy of
Philadelphia and Forrest Gump turned him into an esteemed actor and gave him serious Hollywood
clout. Following those back-to-back Lead Actor wins,
Hanks could’ve easily made a Gump sequel, but instead, he opted for Apollo 13. So why didn’t he revisit his iconic character? In 1995, Hanks said that he didn’t think Forrest
Gump 2 was a good idea. For one thing, as he told Entertainment Weekly,
he was tired of all those catchphrases. But more importantly, he was worried a sequel
would hurt the legacy of the original film. As he put it, “I have to confess I don’t see this a franchise. A sequel would ruin what we had done. It would be like Jaws 2.” While Forrest Gump might seem like a distinctly
cinematic experience, the movie was actually based on a novel by Winston Groom. So when it came time to adapt the story for
the big screen, Paramount tapped Eric Roth to write the screenplay. Roth is an incredibly respected writer who
won an Academy Award for his Gump script and went on to nab even more Oscar nominations
for the likes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and A Star Is Born. And as it turns out, in between writing all
these acclaimed screenplays, Roth was busy hammering out a script for a Forrest Gump
sequel. For a brief moment, it looked like we might
return to the world of Lieutenant Dan and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. But while Roth is a fantastic writer who’s
produced some spectacular stories, his Forrest Gump 2 script might not be his most… mainstream
work. Forrest Gump is a movie that wants you to
cry. And the saddest scene in the entire film is
probably when Jenny dies, leaving Forrest absolutely wrecked. Played by Robin Wright, Jenny has lived a
pretty rough life, and she eventually contracts a mysterious virus that doctors can’t cure. It is implied that she succumbed to AIDS,
and that was going to play a big role in the aborted sequel. According to Eric Roth, Gump and his son now
lived in Florida, and everyone in his community was going to freak out when they learned Forrest
Jr. contracted AIDS from his mom. As Roth noted to Consequence of Sound, “We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregating]
busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the busing, or [their]
kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.” So according to Roth, Forrest Gump 2 was going
to use racism and the AIDS crisis together for the sake of a comedy bit. Those are two highly sensitive topics that
most moviegoers would probably agree aren’t the best fodder for humor. In addition to the phenomenal acting and nostalgic
soundtrack, Forrest Gump is also praised for its visual effects. The folks at Industrial Light & Magic actually
won an Oscar for their incredible work. Perhaps their most impressive accomplishment
was putting Tom Hanks into archival footage alongside famous historical figures like Richard
Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Eric Roth planned on having Forrest encounter
even more famous figures in the sequel, including an iconic cameo that doesn’t sound like a
great fit. Evidently, Forrest was going to be very involved
in the saga of O.J. Simpson. Somehow, he would be the one responsible for
tossing the bloody glove found at Simpson’s Brentwood home. Stranger still, Forrest would somehow wind
up in the back of Simpson’s white Bronco as the football star leads the police on the
slowest car chase in history. The O.J. Simpson trial was obviously a huge
news story in the ’90s, but it would probably feel bizarrely out of place in a Forrest Gump
sequel. For all its happy moments, Forrest Gump is
ultimately a tragedy. After all, it ends just moments after Forrest
gives a tearful goodbye at Jenny’s grave. As for the sequel, Eric Roth had no intention
of giving our chocolate-loving hero a happy ending. Speaking with Yahoo, Roth explained that Forrest
would have a new love interest: a Native American woman he meets while riding a bus. She was going to be a nursery school teacher,
and every day, Forrest would sit on a park bench and share a lunch break with her. But she wouldn’t be teaching at any old nursery
school. Instead, it would be located inside the federal
building in Oklahoma City where in 1995 Timothy McVeigh set off a truck full of explosives. Forrest’s girlfriend was going to die in the
blast. Worse still, it would happen while Forrest
was sitting on that bench, as the building explodes right behind him, which sounds more
than a little tasteless. So if Eric Roth had a script ready to go,
how come Forrest Gump 2 never got made? It turns out that he turned in his final draft
on September 10, 2001. The very next day, the world was turned upside
down. The 9/11 terrorist attacks impacted the production
of quite a few films, and it stopped the Gump sequel from even getting past the screenplay
phase. After all, the movie was supposed to end with
Forrest’s girlfriend dying in one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in American
history. And that just wasn’t going to fly in the aftermath
of 9/11. So on the day of the attacks, he met up with
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis to commiserate. “We looked at each other and said, ‘This movie
has no meaning anymore.’ In that sense.” So it’s probably for the best that Forrest
Gump 2 never happened. From what we know of the screenplay, it doesn’t
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