Fans of Forrest Gump wanted a sequel, but according to screenwriter Eric Roth, it actually almost happened.
The famous screenwriter recently told Yahoo! that he created a sequel script back in 2001, but everything changed after 9/11.
“Literally, I turned it in the day before 9/11,” he explained.
“Tom and I and (director Robert 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 film was going to focus on Forrest Junior, who finds out he has AIDS.
“People wouldn’t go to class with [Forrest Jr.] in Florida,” said Roth.
“We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregation] busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the bussing or kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”
Forrest Gump 2 would’ve also followed the main character as he ends up in major events throughout the past few decades.
“I had him in the back of O.J.’s Bronco,” Roth shared.
“He would look up occasionally, but they didn’t see him in the rearview mirror, and then he’d pop down.
He continued, “I had him as a ballroom dancer who was really good, he could do the [rotation] ballroom dancing. And then eventually, just as sort of a charity kind of thing, he danced with Princess Diana.”
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