Monday, May 20, 2024

Exclusive: Forrest Gump Director Robert Zemeckis Reuniting with Movie’s Producer Wendy Finerman


Robert Zemeckis is getting ready to do a very low budget movie with his Forrest Gump producer Wendy Finerman. The two of them worked magic on the 1994 Best Picture. This one, I am told, is very low budget. “They’re essentially working for nothing,” Finerkan told me last night at the premiere of “Last Vegas.”

They’ll be making the film version of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” a best selling children’s book by Kate DeCamillo.

What’s interesting about Zemeckis’s project is that it will be as innovative as my favorite of his films, “Who’s Afraid of Roger Rabbit?” New Line Cinema at Warner Bros. will be the official studio. Edward Tulane, like Roger, is a rabbit.

UPDATE Since I saw Wendy, I’ve heard that “Forrest Gump” itself is getting a big 20th anniversary rollout next year from Paramount. The Oscar winner will even have an anniversary theatrical run. Life is like a box of chocolates after all!


The picture is from Roger Rabbit. That’s Bob Hoskins.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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