Dolly Parton Reveals Why It Looks Like There Won’t Be A ‘9 to 5’ Movie Sequel

Back when it was released in 1980, the movie 9 to 5 starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton became an instant fan favorite. Its themes of female empowerment and revenge on the unjust boss connected with audiences worldwide.

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Recently, Parton commented that, despite talk of a 9 to 5 sequel supposedly taking place soon, it looks like it may never happen at all.

Here’s what we know.

Parton’s new Netflix series

While she’s waiting to hear about a 9 to 5 sequel, Parton’s been busy with a Netflix series premiering later this month, on Nov. 22. Heartstrings stars Parton and is somewhat based on her life. Each episode is a stand-alone story and will be based around one of Parton’s songs, including Two Doors Down, These Old Bones, and of course, the classic, Jolene.

The cast is amazing and the music will be, too. Parton will play the role of ‘Babe’ in the series. Parton will introduce each episode herself and will reveal to viewers what or who inspired each song, according to Deadline.

Along with Parton, other cast members will include Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kathleen Turner, and Ginnifer Goodwin.

“As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music,” Parton said in 2018 in a statement. “I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix. We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations, and I want to thank the good folks at Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for their incredible support.” 

What Parton’s former ‘9 to 5’ castmates have to say about a sequel

Along with Parton, her former castmates Fonda and Tomlin are eager to work on the sequel for the beloved 1980 movie. It was a movie most definitely ahead of its time, fighting against harassment and sexism and for equal pay in the workplace before those topics were ever broached.

left to right: Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin in 1980’s ‘9 to 5’

Tomlin appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year to talk more about the sequel.

“They’re writing it at the moment,” Tomlin told DeGeneres of the film. “We hope that we live to see it. We’re very advanced in years. I said to [Fonda] the other day, ‘I wonder which one of us would go first.’”

Fonda spoke with Deadline saying, “My role is as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers. Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it.”

Parton doesn’t see a ‘9 to 5’ sequel coming

Parton told ET last month that she, Tomlin, and Fonda have “dropped that whole idea.”

“I don’t think we’re going to do the sequel,” Parton, 73, said. “We never could get the script where it was enough different than the first one, and that one turned out so good.”

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But the three friends aren’t giving up on the idea of working together again and are open to working on an entirely different project.

“We’re thinking we might do a completely different thing together, Jane, Lily and I,” Parton revealed. “We may do something different altogether, but I don’t think we’ll continue with [the sequel].”

Whatever these three actresses work in will be a treat, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Read more: Who Was Dolly Parton’s Original ‘Jolene?’