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Do we really want a (possibly Hanks-less) 'Forrest Gump' sequel?

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Gump_lWorst idea… or worst idea ever? Cinema Blend is reporting that Forrest Gump producers Steve Tisch and Wendy Finerman are eager to bring back Winston Groom’s hapless chocolate-loving adventurer for a second film. They even have a script; Paramount reportedly hired original screenwriter Eric Roth to adapt Groom’s follow-up novel Gump & Co. in 2001 after the original grossed over $300 million at the box office in 1994, only to abandon the project after a dispute with Groom over royalties. Legal issues solved, Roth’s script — which picks up after the death of Jenny and the failure of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. — is back in play.

But more importantly, is Tom Hanks? In the 13 years since the release of Gump, the two-time Oscar winner has cemented his position as Hollywood’s biggest star and is probably not interested in slipping back the ol’ buzzcut and blue-checkered shirt ensemble. But who knows? Maybe the forthcoming Charlie Wilson’s War star has a soft spot for the role, and besides, if Old Man Ford is willing to re-don his brown crushed fedora… If Hanks is not interested, however, I hope Paramount has enough sense to quash the project altogether, as well as any prequel ideas, a la Forrest: The Early Years.

But that’s just me. Would you be interested in seeing Forrest back on the big screen? If so, can anyone but Hanks pull off the role?

addCredit(“Forrest Gump: Everett Collection”)