On the surface, the thought of doing Forrest Gump 2 seems transparently opportunistic and lame, but for Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and producer Steve Tisch to actually consider it, you’d have to figure there’s something solid there. And you might just be right.
Paramount has been kicking around the idea ever since the first film, after which author Winston Groom penned a follow-up novel called “Gump & Co.” It took 13 years, but according to Cinema Blend and an “absolutely reliable, unfortunately anonymous source” the project is finally out of development hell. Which is to say, producers Wendy Finerman and Steve Tisch (formerly of Scarsdale, and a friend of the Pelham Picture House) may finally have a deal with Groom and original Gump screenwriter Eric Roth.
The plot in a nutshell: Jenny is dead, Bubba Gump Shrimp goes belly up, and Forrest is a single dad trying to find his way through the 80s and 90s. Some of the historical events, according to /Film 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, and the Clintons.
My favorite part, though, has to be a scene in which Forrest meets actor Tom Hanks. Awesome.
Now, if only Haley Joel Osment would stop growing older so he can still pull off the Forrest Jr. role.
“Forrest Gump Gets a Sequel” [Cinema Blend]
“Gump Sequel Planned” [ContactMusic]