Tom Hanks Says ‘Forrest Gump 2’ Discussion Lasted 40 Minutes
Nowadays, Forrest Gump remains one of Tom Hanks’ highest-grossing films. Not only was he the top money maker of 1994, he also sadly half beat people like pulp Fiction Best Picture (and a slew of other Oscars, including Hanks’ second in a row). These days, you know what that would mean: a sequel, a franchise, maybe a spinoff. (Lt. Dan and Bubba would both get the Paramount+ series.) But at the time, Hanks says, the discussion about whether to do Forest Gump 2 ran about 3 ½ times shorter than the movie. And obviously the decision was no.
“I will say that with a long moment in between, we tried to talk about another ‘Forrest Gump’ that lasted 40 minutes,” Hanks revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (as captured by IndieWire). “And then we never, we said, ‘Guys, come on. “”
There could easily have been a second Forrest Gump. The movie wasn’t exactly faithful to the novel, by Winston Groom, where, to begin with, our silly hero is actually 6’6″ and 242 pounds. There are plenty of misadventures screenwriter Eric Roth left out, like Forrest playing in a folk band with Jenny, working for NASA, becoming a stuntman on Raquel Welch films, even a brief banter as a wrestler. Groom even released a sequel, Gump & Co.., the year after the film burned the box office. But it was not to be.
“One smart thing I did was I never signed a contract that had a contractual obligation to a sequel,” Hanks explained. “I’ve always said, ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do this, let’s do it. But you can’t force me. There’s this natural inclination that is pure commerce that says, “Hey, you just got hit, so do it again, and you’ll get hit.”
In other words, Hanks says you don’t make a movie just to make money. Imagine that! But he believed in the film; he even helped pay for some of it after Paramount failed to shell out a few extra bucks. Anyway, instead of doing more Gump, Hanks just kept reuniting with director Robert Zemeckis. This is why we have Cast Away, The Polar Expressand the new live action (plus CGI, of course) takes Pinocchio.
(Going through IndieWire)