Will Dolly Parton Appear in the '9 to 5' Movie Remake?

Rumors have been swirling for a long time about the beloved workplace comedy 9 to 5 making a comeback in some form. The 1980 movie stars Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as three colleagues who team up to take revenge on their arrogant, sexist boss, and though it drew mixed reviews upon its original release, it’s since become a cult classic and spawned a TV series adaptation and a Broadway musical.

A few years ago, Parton, Tomlin and Fonda were in talks to reprise their roles in a possible sequel, but the trio ended up passing on the script once it was written. Parton confirmed during an appearance on Entertainment Tonight that she and her co-stars had “dropped that whole idea,” explaining, “We never could get the script where it was enough different than the first one, and that one turned out so good.”

But although the sequel may have been scrapped, it’s now been confirmed that a remake of 9 to 5 is in the works. Here’s what we know so far.

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Is there going to be a 9 to 5 remake?

In late April 2024, outlets including The Hollywood Reporter announced that a 9 to 5 remake was officially in development, with Jennifer Aniston producing through her production company, Echo Films.

Who is cast in the 9 to 5 remake?

As yet, no casting for the remake has been announced, as the project is still in the development stage.

Who is writing the 9 to 5 remake?

The remake will be written by Diablo Cody, who shot to fame back in 2007 when her screenwriting debut, Juno, became an indie festival hit. Cody went on to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Juno, and has since written a number of acclaimed movies including Jennifer’s Body (2009), Young Adult (2011) and Tully (2018). She also created and served as showrunner on the 2009 Showtime series United Staes of Tara, which starred Toni Colette as a woman living with dissociative identity disorder.

Will Dolly Parton be in the 9 to 5 remake?

Since casting information hasn’t been confirmed for the remake as yet, it’s distinctly possible that any of the original lead trio—Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda—could make an appearance. Parton revealed in a recent E! News interview that she had a heads up about the remake years ago, back when she was working with Aniston on the Netflix movie Dumplin' in 2018.

"There was some mention she might want to do 9 to 5, and I said, ‘Oh, that would be great,'" Parton told E! News (via USA Today). She also made it clear that she’s on board to appear, adding: “I'm hoping they use my song and I'm hoping they might find a way to have Lily, Jane and me come back in.”

Tomlin, though, may be a harder sell—the actress was asked how she felt about the remake shortly after the announcement in April.

“I felt sort of the same way I felt about the musical. You know, part of you feels rejected,” Tomlin told People. “You think that character’s yours always. And you could reembody it.” Later in the interview, Tomlin expressed some skepticism about the remake as a project, adding: “It’s going to be tough to make [the movie] happen. My sympathies are with Jennifer and her writer, Diablo, who is a good writer.”

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What is the new 9 to 5 movie going to be about?

No plot details for the remake have been released as yet, but it’s likely to closely follow the storyline of the 1980s movie. The original centered on three colleagues working in the same office (played by Parton, Fonda and Tomlin) who team up to take down their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss (played by the late Dabney Coleman).

What is the release date for the new 9 to 5 movie?

A release date hasn’t been announced for the 9 to 5 remake.

How to watch the 9 to 5 remake

Since a distribution deal hasn’t yet been made for the 9 to 5 remake, it’s not clear whether the movie will be released in theaters or go direct to a streaming platform. Aniston and her producing partner, Kristin Hahn, have a track record with Netflix, dating back to the 2018 comedy-drama Dumplin’, so it’s possible that the 9 to 5 remake will end up there.

Is there a trailer for the 9 to 5 remake?

As filming hasn’t yet begun, it’ll likely be a while before the first trailer for the remake is released.

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