The 1980 comedy 9 to 5 has a sequel on its way! Jane Fonda has confirmed that she, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton will reprise their original roles says Entertainment Weekly.
The story was conceptualized by Jane Fonda and made through her production company, IPC. According to a 1981 interview with Lifestyle magazine, Fonda did a great deal of research on the lives of working women, particularly those who entered the workforce later in life following a husband’s death or divorce. “What I found was that secretaries know the work they do is important, is skilled, but they also know they’re not treated with respect. They call themselves ‘office wives.’ They have to put gas in the boss’s car, get his coffee, buy the presents for his wife and mistress,” she said. “So when we came to do the film, we said to Colin [Higgins], OK, what you have to do is write a screenplay which shows you can run an office without a boss, but you can’t run an office without the secretaries.”
The film followed the three overworked and underpaid women in a “madcap plot for revenge on their sexist boss” AND it’s the 20th highest-grossing comedy movie of all time. Hmmmm, okay so there seems to be a market for it! Will you be checking out the sequel, OMG!?