“Forrest Gump” almost had a sequel . . . in which Forrest Jr. had AIDS. Yeah, doesn’t THAT sound like a movie you want to see?
Here is the screenwriter talking about how it all went down.
You probably remember that in the first movie, Jenny died of an unknown virus . . . which we all assumed was HIV. And now we know for sure.
Screenwriter Eric Roth says, quote, “It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS, and people wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida.”
Roth also put Tom Hanks in the back of O.J. Simpson’s Bronco. He says, quote, “He would look up occasionally, but they didn’t see him in the rearview mirror, and then he’d pop down.”
Roth actually turned in a completed screenplay. So why didn’t the movie get made? Because he turned it in on September 10th, 2001. After the events of the following day, he met with Tom and director Robert Zemeckis, and they decided it just didn’t have the same meaning anymore.
Especially the movie’s biggest scene, where Forrest is sitting in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City when it blows up.
I’m so glad this piece of trash never got made. It would have totally killed the fun, that was the original Forrest Gump.