‘Forrest Gump’ Screenwriter, Eric Roth, Reveals Bizarre Plot Scrapped After 9/11

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It’s hard to believe that Forrest Gump will be coming up on its 25th anniversary this July. With this being said, the writer behind the iconic film, Eric Roth, recently spoke to Yahoo! News about a sequel to the original 1994 film that was intended to be released in the early 2000s and the reason why he decided to scrap the entire thing. It had a lot to do with world events at the time.

The draft for the sequel was turned in on September 10th, 2001, the day right before the terror attacks took place in New York City. After the terror attacks happened, both Eric, star Tom Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis all agreed that the sequel had no business being made.

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So, what was the plot of the early 2000s sequel going to be?

The sequel was allegedly going to mirror the plot of the original film, taking place in the 1990s. Reports say that Gump would’ve been riding the back of OJ Simpson’s white Bronco during his 1994 police chase. Eric explained that the film would also detail Gump rising to fame as a ballroom dancer by dancing with Princess Diana during a charity event.

Eric also stated that the audience would gain more insight into Gump’s son and that Gump’s love interest in the first movie, Jenny, had died of AIDS. “It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS… And people wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida. We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregating] busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the busing, or [their] kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”

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Now, here’s the crazy part

What makes the sequel even more bizarre is that it referenced the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which really made it have no place after the 9/11 terror attacks. Eric detailed that aspect of the plot:

“He meets on a bus a Native American woman and finds his calling, as a bingo caller on a reservation. And the big event in that, which you could see was diminished only in tragedy, I guess because it’s the same tragedy, but every day he’d go wait for his Native American partner. She taught nursery school at a government building in Oklahoma City. And he was sitting on the bench waiting for her to have lunch and all of a sudden the building behind him blows up… So when 9/11 occurred… everything felt meaningless.”

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We’re not sure if this sequel will ever be released, or if it will ever be repurposed and drafted again with a whole new plot, but we understand why they decided not to release this sequel at the time. It would have been much too soon.

At least we have the original!

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