Jane Fonda confirms '9 to 5' sequel with original stars Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin
Jane Fonda confirmed that a long-awaited sequel to the hit 1980 comedy '9 to 5' is happening with the original cast
Nearly forty years ago, Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin were tackling sexual harassment and other issues related to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in '9 to 5'. On Wednesday, Fonda announced that she's planning to executive produce a sequel with the iconic trio on the big screen following their highly-publicized on-stage reunion at the Emmys last year. They used their speech to take a dig at President Donald Trump.
"My role is as an executive producer, and I'm working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers," the 'Book Club' star told reporters at a Television Critics Association press tour for an HBO documentary on her life. "Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it," she added.
'The Office' and 'Parks and Recreation' star Rashida Jones had earlier announced the reboot but this new announcement from Fonda sets things in stone. She said that she wanted any sequels to revisit themes of overcoming harassment.
The 1980 film follows three working women who live out their fantasy of getting even with their antagonistic boss, played by Dabney Coleman.
"I'm sorry to say the situation is worse today," she told the reporters. "Today, a lot of the workforce is hired by an outside company. Who do you talk to if you have a problem?"
“Plus with social media, the Internet, you can be spied on very easily,” she added. “I do think sexual harassment will tend to drop because guys are scared.”
A few months ago, Dolly Parton first shared the news that all three ladies were excited about the possibility of making another 9 to 5 movie.
"All these years, we've talked about doing a sequel to 9 to 5 and it never made any real sense until just recently," Parton said. "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."
The original 9 to 5 was released in 1980 and has since ranked as one of the greatest comedies of all-time on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Years...100 Laughs.