- “Forrest Gump” has an unmade sequel.
- In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Eric Roth – the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter – revealed that he had drafted and turned in a script on the eve of 9/11.
- However, in the wake of the infamous terror attack, Roth, Tom Hanks, and the film’s director decided that the movie had “no meaning anymore.”
- Roth detailed certain plot lines and sequences he had written for the sequel, and it sounds wild.
- Forrest Jr had AIDS, Gump appears in the OJ Simpson car chase and dances with Princess Diana, and his Native American partner is blown up in the Oklahoma City bombing.
“Forrest Gump” could have had a pretty wild sequel in theatres – if it weren’t for 9/11, that is.
In a somewhat bewildering interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Eric Roth – the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter – revealed that he had drafted and turned in a script for a sequel on September 10, 2001.
In the wake of 9/11, though, Roth said the film felt inconsequential: “Tom [Hanks] and I and Bob [Zemeckis] got together on 9/11 to sort of commiserate about how life was in America and how tragic it was.
“And we looked at each other and said, ‘This movie has no meaning anymore, in that sense.'”
The sequel never saw the light of day, but that may not be such a bad thing.
In the interview, Roth, who was recently nominated for another Oscar for cowriting the screenplay for “A Star is Born,” described various plot lines and sequences he had written for the movie, from OJ Simpson’s car chase to dancing with Princess Diana.
“It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS,” Roth said.
In 1994’s original “Forrest Gump,” the mother of Forrest Junior, Jenny (played by Robin Wright), dies after suffering from an illness implied to be HIV/AIDS.
“And people wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida,” Roth continued.
“We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregation] 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.”
The first “Forrest Gump” saw the character sailing through real-life events of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including the Vietnam War, and the sequel was set to be more of the same but situated in the 90s.
This included OJ Simpson’s infamous attempt to flee the LAPD for the charge of murder in a white Ford Bronco.
“I had him in the back of OJ’s Bronco,” Roth said.
“He would look up occasionally, but they didn’t see him in the rearview mirror, and then he’d pop down.”
Princess Diana, who famously died in a car crash in 1997, also made an appearance in the script.
“I had him as a ballroom dancer who was really good, he could do the [rotation] ballroom dancing,” Roth said.
“And then eventually, just as sort of a charity kind of thing, he danced with Princess Diana.”
Just when you thought the script for the sequel-that-never-was couldn’t have got any more wide-ranging, Roth revealed his intention to have Gump’s Native American partner being killed in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.
This was ultimately the detail that saw the film being scrapped entirely.
“He meets on a bus a Native American woman and finds his calling, as a bingo caller on a reservation,” Roth said.
“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.”
Watch the interview in full below:
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