Oscar-winning box office smash Forrest Gump was one of the most successful films of the mid-1990s. And Tom Hanks’ beloved character was all set to hit cinemas once again until the awful events of 9/11 gave producers pause for thought. Here’s a look at the Forrest Gump sequel that never was.
Released in 1994, Forrest Gump was adapted from Winston Groom’s 1986 novel about a slow-witted Alabama native. Hanks famously played the titular lead character who somehow finds himself in the midst of several major historical events from the 20th century. Yet although the premise is the same, the film does make several changes from the novel.
Indeed, the movie only stays with the book up to chapter 12, before racing ahead to its touching finale with Forrest’s young son. The flick also incorporates several new elements into the story. These include the character’s epic run across America and the leg braces he wore as a youngster. And the movie’s plot misses out the parts of the book where Forrest becomes a wrestler, spaceman and chess master.