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Forrest Gump 2 writer explains why sequel was cancelled

Screenwriter Eric Roth won an Academy Award for his work on the 1994 original

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After “Forrest Gump” hit both critically and commercially, Paramount were quick to commission screenwriter Eric Roth to pen a sequel to the 1994 hit. But as the writer explains in an interview with Yahoo!, after the events of September 11, nobody involved – specifically, star Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis – agreed it made sense.

“Literally, I turned it in the day before 9/11,” Roth, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of Winston Groom’s novel, says. “And Tom and I and Bob 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.’”

“Gump & Co”, which tracked Forrest’s adventures through the 1980s, was the inspiration for Roth’s proposed film sequel but it would have been a much looser adaptation of that book.

“It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS,” said Roth, who recently earned his fifth Oscar nomination for co-writing ”A Star Is Born”. “And people wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida. We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregation] busing in Florida at the same time, so people were either angry about the busing, or [their] kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”

Forrest would’ve popped up in many famous moments from the 1990’s, according to Roth.

“I had him in the back of O.J.’s Bronco,” Roth said of the infamous 1994 car chase. “He would look up occasionally, but they didn’t see him in the rear-view mirror, and then he’d pop down.

“I had him as a ballroom dancer who was really good, he could do the [rotation] ballroom dancing. And then eventually, as just sort of a charity kind of thing, he danced with Princess Diana.”

The last detail Roth shared helps explain why the film was scrapped after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

“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 and 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 the sudden the building behind him blows up. … So when 9/11 occurred … everything felt meaningless.”

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Michael Biehn officially reprising Aliens‘ Corporal Hicks!

Ever wondered what William Gibson’s script was all about?

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Exciting news for those aching for some sort of chestbuster fix. An unused script for “Alien 3”, penned by William Gibson of ‘Neuromancer’ fame, is being turned into an audiobook by Audible. Furthermore, it’ll feature Michael Biehn as ‘Hicks’, reprising – if even only in voice – his fanboy favorite from the 1986 classic “Aliens”.

Though an “Alien 3” (1992) exists, the David Fincher-directed film is – I think it’s fair to say – one of the most disappointing sequels in cinemadom. Killing off Newt and Hicks before within the opening minutes of the film, and consequently going on to tell a reasonable but hardly captivating tale that sees Ripley teaming up with prisoners to escape the old bitch again, it’s a much maligned bit of art.

So, what could have been?

You can find out in the audiobook – and the Dark Horse comic that also features Gibson’s storyline -which, though undated, will likely hit before mid-year.

There’s still a shot that Biehn might get to reprise Hicks on the big screen too. A script by Neil Blomkamp, that re-teams Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Biehn’s Hicks, and is set directly after the events of James Cameron’s 1986 film, is doing the rounds. Though Fox insitially passed on doing the film, Cameron’s enthusiasm for it has reportedly popped it back into the ‘consideration’ pile.

Meanwhile, here’s the blurb for Gibson’s “Alien 3” audiobook :

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation – directed by the multi award-winning Dirk Maggs, is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.
The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.
We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone….

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Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil sequel!? Yes, please!

Cult horror-comedy has been the subject of sequel conversations for years!

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If there’s a red neck god, please let his squirrel stew cough up a sequel to this beast.

Cult horror-dy “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” has been the subject of sequel conversations – usually exclusively by us fans – for about a decade now, but according to one of the films stars, the enthusiasm for more has spread to the cast.

Broke Horror Fan got the 411 one from Tyler Labine (aka Dale) who reveals that a sequel might finally be on the way – – it just mightn’t be available from your local Redbox.

“We’re working on something right now. I wouldn’t call it a film sequel, but the story is not done being told. I can’t really tell you much, but we’re in development with a couple things right now. Things are looking pretty good. Alan [Tudyk, who played Tucker] and I are both still on board, along with [original director] Eli [Craig]. We’re just trying to line up a few pieces. It’s just a matter of timing. We’re going to get something to the fans, because that’s really the only reason we want to do it. No one’s getting rich off this thing. Alan and I have always been like, ‘Whatever we do has to be for the people that stuck with it and made it what it is.’ That’s all the fans. Hopefully something will come to fruition.”

Cable TV show, maybe? They are all the rage, after all. Or maybe it’s a spiritual sequel – with the same cast and crew – ya know, something like “Ben and Davo Go Lawn Bowling… with Ghouls?”
Whatever the case, my thumb is up.

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Kate Beckinsale to star in new actioner from Expendables producers

Millennium Media’s first film with a female lead, director and producer

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Kate Beckinsale will headline a new action-comedy for Millennium Media.

The Tanya Wexler-helmed film will be the outfit’s first film with a female lead, director and producer.

The Scott Wascha-penned “Jolt” follows Lindy, a badass bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.

Production is due to begin in July in the UK and Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Jolt is a kick-ass and painfully funny script,” Wexler said. “When I saw that Kate Beckinsale was attached to play the lead, I jumped at the opportunity to make the movie. This is the movie for right now — a revenge-action film for every woman (and man) who wants to turn their inner ‘Thelma & Louise’ up to 11.”

Via ‘Deadline

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