It has been thirteen years since Forrest Gump captured audiences worldwide, and now we’re hearing that the often talked about sequel is close to getting greenlit.
CinemaBlend‘s “absolutely reliable, unfortunately anonymous source” is claiming that the project is back in development after years of sitting on the shelf.
In 2001, Eric Roth wrote a screenplay based on the Winston Groom’s 1995 follow-up novel Gump & Co. The project was never made because of a legal dispute between Paramount and author Winston Groom, who claimed he wasn’t paid properly for Forrest Gump. This is alluded to in the opening paragraph of the second book, where Gump warns the readers never to allow anyone to make a movie about their life.
Gump & Co takes place several years after the events of the first book/movie. Forrest’s shrimping business has gone bust, and Jenny has died, leaving Forrest to provide for Forrest, Jr., his intelligent, though emotionally distant, son. Forrest’s mother has also died. Jenny occasionally makes an appearance as a sort of guardian angel for Forrest and their son. Gump stumbles through important U.S. events in the 1980s and early 1990s. Some of the events include: Playing football for the New Orleans Saints, selling encyclopedias, working on a pig farm, helping to develop the infamous New Coke, accidentally crashing the Exxon Valdez, helping destroy the Berlin Wall, and fighting in Operation Desert Storm. He meets many celebrities, including Oliver North, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Jim Bakker, Ivan Boesky, Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and of course, Tom Hanks.
But would Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise be willing to return for a sequel? And is Haley Joel Osment too old to return as Forrest Gump Jr.? Would Robert Zemeckis be able to clear time in his schedule to direct? And would it be a good idea?