In a recent interview, Tom Hanks discussed his 1994 Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump. Recently, the film was remade in Hindi as Laal Singh Chaddha.
Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, was a box office success in 1994. In a new interview, Tom revealed that a sequel to the film was a real possibility, but only for 40 minutes. Laal Singh Chaddha, a Hindi remake of Forrest Gump, was recently released.
“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,” Tom recently said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. And then we never…we said, ‘Guys, come on.’ A wise thing I did was to never sign a contract that required a sequel. ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do it, let’s do it,’ I’ve always said. But you can’t force me.’ There’s a natural inclination that says, ‘Hey, you just had a hit, so do it again and you’ll have a hit.’
The Academy Award-winning drama was based on the 1986 novel, which was followed by the 1995 book sequel ‘Gump and Co.’ The first book’s film adaptation was a box office success, grossing $678 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing film in the United States in 1994. Tom won the Oscar for best actor, and the film won best picture and four other Academy Awards.
In 2008, Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth revealed, that the planned sequel would pick up where the 1994 film left off. Roth delivered the script for Forrest Gump 2 to Zemeckis on September 10, 2001, one day before the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Despite the film’s popularity and Oscar success, Tom and director Robert Zemeckis never pursued a sequel. According to Variety, Tom’s career has been devoid of sequels because the actor rarely hears a good enough idea to warrant a return to one of his characters.
Last month, the Hindi remake of the film, Laal Singh Chaddha, was released. Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Mona Singh starred in the film.