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Will There Be a Forrest Gump 2? Everything We Know

Will There Be a Forrest Gump 2? Everything We Know

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As Forrest Gump approaches its 30-year anniversary, fans of the nostalgia-filled movie are hungry for more. Released in 1994, Forrest Gump was an instant classic that captured the indominable American spirit.

At the time, it glamorized the memories of the baby boomer generation. In turn, they showed it to their children, making the movie itself a piece of beloved nostalgia.

With numerous awards and a huge box office, it’s surprising that a sequel to Forrest Gump never got off the ground. But there’s recent buzz about the potential for Forrest Gump 2.

Are any of the rumors true? This guide will break down everything there is to know about the future of Forrest Gump and any planned sequels.

Will There Be A Forrest Gump Sequel?

There are no confirmed reports that a Forrest Gump sequel is in the works.

Forrest Gump was an absolute smash hit in 1994. It made over $329 million during its original run and took home six Oscars among 13 nominations. A sequel would make a lot of sense after that kind of success.

There’s also plenty of story left to explore. The original Forrest Gump ends with Forrest raising his young son he had with Jenny on his own. He’s only in his late 30s or early 40s when the film ends in 1982, so he’s still young enough to have more adventures.

Unfortunately, after some initial plans for a sequel, there seems to be little interest for one in the future. The director, Robert Zemeckis, hasn’t expressed any desire for a sequel.

Forrest Gump and Jenny talking to each other in the Forrest Gump movie

Tom Hanks has spoken about a potential return to Forrest Gump, but only to say that it’s unlikely. It appears that any plans for Forrest Gump 2 have faded since the 90s.

Will Tom Hanks Return For Forrest Gump 2?

Tom Hanks said he would return for Forrest Gump 2 if there was a good enough reason for it, but otherwise doesn’t have much interest.

In 2022, Tom Hanks spoke to the podcast Happy Sad Confused about a new Forrest Gump movie. He said that he and others involved in the original had talked about a sequel sometime after the original came out.

[The conversation] lasted all of 40 minutes,” he joked. He says the idea never really took off after that. In fact, Hanks said he was glad he never signed a contract to do a sequel.

He’s reluctant to do sequels because they tend to come from a “pure commerce” inclination rather than an artistic one.

“I’ve always said, ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do it, let’s do it. But you guys can’t force me.’”

The Original Forrest Gump Has A Sequel Novel

Winston Groom wrote a sequel to his novel Forrest Gump called Gump & Co in 1995.It continued the story of both his original novel and the Tom Hanks film.

In the sequel novel, Forrest moves about through significant events of the 80s as he raises his son, Little Forrest.

He adds his presence to the recipe of New Coke and the Iran-Contra affair, among other things. He also has a chance to be a championship football player, similar to his athletic achievements in the first book and movie.

The book ends with Forrest’s life made into a movie, presumably the book’s version of the Zemeckis film. He even meets Tom Hanks in the book, but Hanks doesn’t impress him.

Groom’s jabs at both Hanks and the movie version of his novel were likely intentional. He was reportedly unhappy with the film because of his payment contract.

Groom was supposed to get 3% of the film’s net profits. This is only the money the film makes after production pays off all of its costs, as opposed to the gross, which is all the money it makes before profit.

Paramount, the distributor of Forrest Gump, claims the movie still hadn’t made a net profit as of due to shady “Hollywood accounting.” This means they haven’t paid Groom anything outside of the initial rights payment.

But the two parties made a new deal shortly after Groom published Gump & Co. Paramount bought the rights for the new book, and Groom dropped the subject of the net profits payments.

“I wasn’t suing Paramount,” Groom said back in 1995. “I had a question about the royalty statement, which I didn’t understand. When I spoke to Paramount I was assured everything was OK. I’m delighted with this agreement.”

Forrest Gump sitting on a park bench talking to a black woman

The Writer Of Forrest Gump Wrote A Treatment For Forrest Gump 2

Screenwriter Eric Roth submitted a draft for a sequel to Forrest Gump in 2001 that was discarded after 9/11.

Roth spoke to Yahoo Entertainment in 2019 about his original plans for Forrest Gump 2. It was going to be a loose adaptation of the sequel Winston Groom wrote in 1995.

The sequel script followed Forrest through major events of the 80s and 90s. Some of his adventures included being in the Bronco during O.J.’s 1994 chase, and dancing with Princess Diana.

It would also include a subplot about Forrest’s son having AIDS which he got from Jenny, his mother.

But Roth submitted his screenplay on September 10, 2001. The next day, the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York occurred, and suddenly the movie just didn’t matter.

“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,” Roth explained. “And we looked at each other and said, ‘This movie has no meaning anymore, in that sense.’”

There was even a plot point involving another terrorist attack – the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. In the abandoned script, Forrest made friends with an Indigenous woman who worked at a daycare in what Roth implies was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The sequel would have shown the building blowing up behind Forrest as he waited for his friend. The tragedy not only hit too close to home after 9/11, but also felt dwarfed in meaning by the scale of the 2001 attacks.

So, they scrapped the sequel, and any further plans for Forrest Gump 2 have remained in limbo.

There’s A Bollywood Forrest Gump Remake

In 2022, Bollywood released a Hindi movie called Laal Singh Chaddha based on the 1994 film of Forrest Gump.

While not exactly a sequel, the Forrest Gump legacy still lives on in a Hindi-language remake. Released in India, the movie follows the titular Laal Singh Chaddha, a man with a low IQ just like the original character.

Instead of waiting on a park bench, Laal is telling his story to passengers on a train. His story is very similar to that of the 1994 movie, but with the cultural references changed to reflect the Indian setting.

The movie was a box-office flop but found moderate success streaming on Netflix. Netflix was originally going to wait six months to release the movie. But due to its poor performance in theaters, they released it only two months after its theatrical debut.

Within one week, Laal Sing Chaddha ranked as the second most-watched non-English movie on Netflix.

With no confirmation of an English-language sequel, fans of Forrest Gump at least have a fresh take on the original movie to enjoy.