20th Century Fox is looking to capitalize on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements by bringing a new modern version of the 1980 comedy classic 9 to 5 Reboot to the big screen. While no deals seem to be in place yet, the studio wants to pair original 9 to 5 writer Pat Resnick with a young writer, with the studio eyeing actress/writer Rashida Jones to co-write the script. There is no word yet on whether Rashida Jones will also star in the film, but original 9 to 5 stars Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are all slated to reprise their roles.
The story will follow a new trio of young women, who are dealing with the same issues of sexism and male chauvinism that Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton), Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin) and Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) were putting up with nearly 40 years ago in the workplace. This trio turns to Doralee, Violet and Judy for help in navigating through the workplace, while hatching a scheme to get even with their male bosses. No director is attached at this time, but Shawn Levy is attached to produce through his 21 Laps production company, along with Resnick and Jonathan Baruch for Rain Management Group.
The original 9 to 5 also starred Dabney Coleman as Franklin Hart Jr., Doralee, Violet and Judy's boss, who revels in taking advantage of, condescending and humiliating his female staff, along with stealing their ideas while they're constantly being passed up for promotions. When his top assistant Violet is at her wit's end, she forms a bond with Doralee and Judy to get revenge, and while their plan goes awry several times, they manage to kidnap and hold Hart prisoner in his own home, while they figure out what to do with him, when they come across his embezzlement scheme. The original movie was directed by Colin Hughes and also starred Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Wilson, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman and Marian Mercer.
9 to 5 was a massive hit, taking in $103.2 million during its theatrical run in 1980, the second highest-grossing movie of the year behind The Empire Strikes Back ($209.3 million). When adjusted for inflation, the original gross equates to a $352.4 million movie in today's market. The movie's success was bolstered even more by the iconic theme song of the same name by Dolly Parton, which landed her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (losing out to the equally iconic theme song from Fame), along with two Grammy nominations, while also being certified platinum by the RIAA.
The movie also spawned a TV series starring Dolly Parton's younger sister, Rachel Dennison, along with Rita Moreno and Valerie Curtin, which ran for two years on ABC and another two years in first-run syndication. It also spawned a Broadway musical in 2009, starring Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Marc Kudisch. While Rashida Jones is best known for playing Ann Perkins on NBC's Parks and Recreation, she is also an accomplished writer, scripting and starring in Celeste and Jesse Forever and penning episodes of Black Mirror and A to Z. She was also, at one point, attached to write Toy Story 4, with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she is no longer attached to that project. Deadline broke the news on this 9 to 5 reboot earlier today.