Tom Hanks is an iconic actor with a slew of legendary roles under his belt. The movies Hanks starred in have typically had great audiences and critical reactions. One such classic is Forrest Gump. However, making a sequel isn’t a great idea.
Tom Hanks was recently on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast. During that time, Hanks revealed that a sequel to Forrest Gump was a serious possibility for only 40 minutes. Hanks said talking about making a sequel to the film was never going to be successful.
“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.’”
The Oscar-winning drama was based on the 1986 novel, which led to the 1995 book sequel “Gump and Co.” The film adaptation of the first book was a box office powerhouse, earning $678 million worldwide. It became the top-grossing film in the U.S. in 1994.
Hanks won the Oscar for best actor for the film. The film took home the prize for best picture and four more Academy Awards. Despite the film’s popularity and Oscar success, a sequel just never took concrete shape for Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis.
A Forrest Gump sequel can never materialize unless there were concrete reasons for both of them to do it. They couldn’t have been forced to do a second part. Doing a movie sequel just because of pure obligation was never the move for them.
“A smart thing I did is I’ve never signed a contract that had a contractual obligation to a sequel. I’ve always said, ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do it, let’s do it. But you guys can’t force me.’
Hanks and Zemeckis are reuniting for Disney’s live-action “Pinocchio.” It begins streaming on Sept. 8 on Disney+. The project marks the fourth collaboration between the duo, who have always landed a few of the greatest films of the last 50 years.
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