Why We Never Got The Forrest Gump Sequel We Definitely Wanted?

The Forrest Gump novel had a sequel which never made it to the screens

What if you were told there was more to a story that you love, but it just never got to you. Pretty bugging, right?

Forrest Gump is an Oscar-winning film that has remained a fan favorite for almost 25 years. The movie starring a young Tom Hanks was an adaptation of a novel of the same name. What is lesser known is that there was a Forrest Gump sequel called Gump & Co., which never made it to the screens. Seeing the success of the first movie, the follow-up adaptation was in the talks but as we know, the movie was never made.

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Forrest Gump follows the life story of the protagonist Forrest, played by Tom Hanks. He lives through various historical events and survives by sheer innocence but the only thing that mattered to him and to us too was reuniting with his childhood love, Jenny.

The second book picked up from when Forrest’s business, Bubba Gump Shrimp that he started in the first part- runs into some serious trouble and Forrest Gump has to deal with the consequences, but, of course, in his Forrest Gump way where he accidentally becomes a part of the famous historical moments from the timeline.  

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Why was the Forrest Gump sequel never made?

Forrest Gump’s screenwriter, Eric Roth, turned in his script for the Forrest Gump sequel on September 10, 2001. The following day, the 9/11 attacks occurred after which the movie somewhat lost its meaning.

Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment about the Forrest Gump Sequel, Roth stated that he felt like, “This movie has no meaning anymore, in that sense.” He made an incredibly personal decision, that it was best the Forrest Gum sequel, Gump & Co. never makes the big-screen appearance.

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What would have happened if the Forest Gump sequel was made?

The Forrest Gump sequel would have placed Forrest Gump in the middle of some iconic moments of the 90s such as the AIDS epidemic, O.J Simpson’s infamous car chase and dancing with Princess Diana. The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was also supposed to be shown but Roth felt that showing a terrorist bomb attack right after 9/11 would have been very insensitive and inappropriate, which is when he made the decision to call off the movie.

“He meets on a bus a Native American woman and finds his calling, as a bingo caller on a reservation. And the big event in that, which you could see was diminished only in tragedy, I guess, because it’s the same tragedy, but every day he’d go wait for his Native American partner. She taught nursery school at a government building in Oklahoma City. And he was sitting on the bench waiting for her to have lunch and all of a sudden the building behind him blows up. … So when 9/11 occurred … everything felt meaningless,” Eric Roth added.

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Forrest Gump remains one of the highlights of Tom Hank’s career and a must-watch in every movie lover’s list. Forrest Gump as a stand-alone film still works the magic and remains an icon in itself.

Forrest Gump was directed by Robert Zemeckis and is based on the novel by Winston Groom.

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