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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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Comic-Con : Terminator : Dark Fate footage killed!

Arnold Schwarzenegger previews the new ‘Terminator’ at SDCC

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When the trailer for “Terminator : Dark Fate” recently hit, my initial reaction was ‘Huh? It looks like a rough draft’. The effects looked dreadfully unfinished, the beats fell flat, and the scale seemed squat. In short, it was underwhelming.

Colour me surprised then when an extended version of the ‘car chase’ sequence that featured so prominently in the trailer played for Comic-Con audiences today and absolutely killed. It was stellar. The effects looked golden, the villain not only threatening but imaginatively constructed, and the plot both thrilling and – as evident by the goose bumps on my arms throughout – stirring and moving. But more on that later.

On hand to assure audiences they were on hand for more than just ‘Terminator 6’ were director Tim Miller and the film’s cast (including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton). James Cameron, the film’s executive producer, beamed in from New Zealand where he’s shooting the new “Avatar” films. Cameron, who stressed how vital it was to have Schwarzenegger back for the film (and also revealed another returning cast member), said he saw the film three weeks ago and was blown away by it.

Schwarzenegger said he was onboard from the get-go. “I’m addicted to Terminator”, the Austrian bodybuilder turned actor said, noting that the 1984 film is essentially responsible for his movie career.

Miller said what he loves about the ‘Terminator’ universe is that there’s only timeline – so mess something up in the past, and something is changed in the future. In this film, we learn that Sarah’s actions in 1991’s “Terminator 2” have hurt her future. “She’s living with the consequences of that decision and we see how that rolls out 20 years later,” he said.

Hamilton, who took some convincing to come back (Cameron helped sway her decision), knows she’s older and knows she doesn’t have the body she had in “Judgement Day”. But knows she has something new to bring to the character -life experience.

“I can no longer worry about trying to be what I was, because I am so much more than I was. That was the moment I really wanted to be on board with this. The richness of my life experience is only going to enrich the character.”

Schwarzenegger – after taking the piss out of himself by referencing all his classic movie lines and mocking his own accent – threw to the footage.

The footage of the new evil Terminator (Gabriel Luna) chasing a good Terminator (Mackenzie Davis) – who is in fact ‘human’ but with enhancements – the next-would-be saviour (Natalia Reyes) and her brother (Diego Boneta) plays out the same – only with more visual detail and by golly, more surprises. Now, the villain emerging into some sort of liquid form looks less like something produced on iMovie in 2002 and more akin to something we usually expect from producer Cameron. Clearly, they’ve really polished and perfected this footage – something it doesn’t look like Miller had time to do before the trailer was delivered. Now, we see that the villain splits into two – turning from one rogue into two, a fleshy bad guy and a cyborg predator. We also get a look at Linda Hamilton’s introduction as Sarah Connor, which is absolutely fantastic – some effective use of the F bomb, beautiful sound design and power-packed arsenal. It’s an amazing sequence.

There’s also some great moments between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character ‘Carl’ – who, despite nods to the ‘T2’ sunglasses, isn’t the same t-800 but another version of the same model –  and the long-suffering Sarah, that play both compelling and comically. “I’m never gonna call you Carl”, Connor states.

Numerous other quick flashes of action, including footage of ‘Carl’ and Sarah blowing away the villain on the back-end of an aircraft carrier, and a gun-fight with the villain, trapped in a sinking car, were crowd pleasers. Especially great to hear the classic ‘Terminator’ theme used again.

Also playing at the panel, a new featurette – which you can catch below.

“Terminator : Dark Fate” is back on my list of must-see 2019 movies after today’s footage and panel. Well done, all.

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Val Kilmer is Bluntman in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer

Likely not the only major player to make a cameo in the film!

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” trailer has been released.

This first, Red Band-offering teases what’s to come October 15 when the film unspools in theaters

 

 

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Comic-Con : Tom Cruise surprises Hall H with Top Gun : Maverick trailer

Watch the breathtaking new trailer now!

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On the tail end of Paramount’s “Terminator : Dark Fate” panel today, Conan O’Brien quickly hurried out onto the Hall H stage to ask people to stick around for something extra… as presented by the biggest movie star in the world.

Tom Cruise  

Tom Cruise then walked out on stage to present the first trailer for “Top Gun : Maverick”, which, as you’ll see below, will definitely put a smile on the dial of every fan of the original.

Watch it below!

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