Why the ‘Forrest Gump’ sequel was halted: The film ‘felt meaningless’ following 9/11 attacks

Forrest Gump nearly had a sequel, Gump & Co. Screenwriter Eric Roth recently spoke to reporters about why the sequel was never made.

“Literally, I turned it in the day before 9/11,” he said.”Tom [Hanks] 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.’ ”

In the original film, the hero showed up at many historical events. The sequel would have shown him dancing with Princess Diana, and in front of the Murragh Building in Oklahoma City at the time it was bombed, writes Erin Jensen of USA Today.

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