Forest Gump is a film based on a novel written by Winston Groom. The story follows the life of Forrest Gump who witnesses some of the most important events of his time. The movie stars Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump and Robin Wright as Jenny Curran. The film was released in 1994 and was an instant hit. It made over $677 million at the box office, from a budget of just $55 million, and held the number one position for 10 weeks. The film won 6 Academy Awards, from 13 nominations. These included the awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Let’s take a look at who directed this popular movie.
Who directed Forrest Gump?
Forest Gump was directed by Robert Zemeckis. He was actually the third choice after Terry Gilliam declined the offer and Barry Sonnenfeld left to direct another film. Zemeckis won the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the film.
Filming took 4 months and was finished in December 1993. Many visual effects were used to incorporate the main character into historical events and these were completed by Industrial Light & Magic. The film was released on July 6, 1994, and was generally well received by the critics and public alike.
Did you know?
Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks have also worked together on the film “Cast Away” and “The Polar Express.”