Jennifer Aniston to Produce a Modern-Day Reimagining of 9 to 5

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Jennifer Aniston’s production company, Echo Films, is set to create a contemporary version of the classic comedy 9 to 5 for today’s audiences. The screenplay for this reboot is being crafted by Diablo Cody, the talented writer behind Juno and Young Adult.

While specific plot details have not yet been disclosed, the original 1980 film revolved around three female office colleagues who join forces to get back at their chauvinistic and hypocritical boss. The film starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman, with a script by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, who also directed it. Fonda conceived the film as a platform for herself and Tomlin, later bringing on board Parton.

Fonda, Tomlin, Parton and Coleman in the original 9 to 5. Photograph: 20th Century Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

The original film grossed over $100 million and propelled Dolly Parton into the spotlight – her titular song topped the charts in the US for two weeks and became a major hit of the era. The movie also led to a TV spinoff that ran for five seasons and a stage musical with new songs by Parton, premiering on Broadway in 2009.

9 to 5 loosely inspired the 2011 film Horrible Bosses, where Aniston portrayed a cruel boss targeted for harm by Charlie Day’s character. Aniston and Parton also teamed up for the 2018 film Dumplin’, collaborating on the song Push and Pull.

In recent years, Aniston’s acting projects have been limited, with appearances in just two films opposite Adam Sandler for Netflix, namely 2019’s Murder Mystery and its 2023 sequel. She has also been a part of Apple TV’s The Morning Show.

There had been discussions of a potential sequel to 9 to 5 with the original trio since the early 1980s, but the idea was ultimately abandoned in 2019. However, the three stars reunited on screen in the final episode of Grace and Frankie three years later.

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