The original “9 To 5” trio is ready to return to work.
Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin are reportedly eager to reprise their roles from the 1980 workplace comedy “9 To 5” in a reboot for a new generation. With 20th Century Fox eyeing writer-actress Rashida Jones to pen the script, the rebooted film will see a new set of young women trying to get ahead in the workplace.
But according to Parton herself, she, Tomlin, and Fonda want to do it themselves. “All these years, we’ve talked about doing a sequel to ‘9 to 5’ and it never made any real sense until just recently,” she told ABC News’ “Nightline”. “We’re trying to get the script and all that. Everybody is very interested and we’ve all agreed that we’d love to do it if it’s right.”
She added, “They presented me with an idea the other day and I said, ‘Yes.’”
“We’ve all come up with a business of our own,” Parton said about the characters played by herself, Fonda, and Tomlin. “So they come to find us to get some input on how they should help run” their own business.
With the #MeToo movement showing that not much has changed in the 38 years since the original hit screens, the reboot will see the youngsters turn to the original stars for advice on navigating the world of male-dominated business and getting even with their sexist bosses.
In the original comedy, Parton, Tomlin, and Fonda starred alongside Dabney Coleman, who played the sexist and bigoted boss of the trio. As secretaries who continued to watch themselves passed over for promotions, have their ideas stolen by male colleagues as they dealt with constant sexual harassment, the women team up to take down their lying chauvinist boss with a blackmail scheme.
The original film was a hit with critics and audiences, propelled by Parton’s chart-topping “9 To 5” theme song.
No word on when the cast will be officially announced, but Canadian powerhouse producer Shawn Levy has already signed on to help shepherd the film to theatres.
During an interview promoting the new soundtrack for the upcoming Netflix film, “Dumplin’”, Parton revealed details about the upcoming sequel.
“Pat Resnick, who wrote the original, she’s writing with Rashida Jones, so we’re hopefully gonna get to see that soon,” Parton told Entertainment Weekly.
She added, “And I’m sure that we’ll make some changes, but I’m certain that we’ll get it to where we all agree. We’re all so excited about it, I’ve been advertising that we are doing it! Of course, you always have to approve it — I don’t want to be a part of anything that’s not gonna be great, which I’m sure that it will be.”
However, Parton says that convincing everyone to sign on took some doing. “I was never willing to do a sequel because they never came up with anything that was as good as the original,” she added. “I don’t like to mess with history, you know? But this would be addressing the same issues, and they need to be addressed again and some more, in different ways.”