Forrest Gump might’ve been made two-and-a-half decades ago, but nothing comes close to the impact that the movie created. Starring Tom Hanks in the titular role, the film raked in $678 million worldwide at the box office to become the top-grossing film in the U.S. in 1994. Now, years later, the actor has addressed speculations about a sequel being made in the near future.
The veteran star disclosed that a sequel to Forrest Gump was a serious possibility for “only 40 minutes” on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. The Oscar-winning drama was based on the 1986 novel of the same name. The book got a sequel in 1995 titled Gump and Co. Naturally, it was assumed that the film will also take the same course. However, that seems to be a far-fetched dream.
“I will say that, with a long time in between, we did take a stab at talking about another Forrest Gump that lasted all of 40 minutes. And then we never…we said, ‘Guys, come on,'” told Hanks .“A smart thing I did is I’ve never signed a contract that had a contractual obligation to a sequel,” he added.
He further revealed, “I’ve always said, ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do it, let’s do it. But you guys can’t force me.’ There is that natural inclination that is one of pure commerce that says, ‘Hey, you just had a hit, so do it again and you’ll have a hit.’” The director of the film, Robert Zemeckis, also never showed any interest in making the sequel.
The duo, however, is reuniting for Disney’s live-action Pinocchio. The film, which marks Hanks and Zemeckis’ fourth collaboration, begins streaming on September 8 on Disney+. The two have previously worked on Cast Away, another box office hit by the duo with over $400 million worldwide. They also had the animated Christmas movie The Polar Express. As for whether Forrest Gump 2 be their next project, our guess is as good as yours!
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