A 9 to 5 reboot is in the works, and it couldn’t be more timely. This time, however, the workplace comedy may feature laughs courtesy of Rashida Jones. The Parks and Recreation star is reportedly number one on Fox’s wishlist of new writers to bring in, to tailor the 1980 film turned series for a younger, modern audience, according to Deadline. If Jones accepts, she’d be joining the creator Pat Resnick on the project.
Considering the glass ceiling has yet to be shattered, a 9 to 5 film remake would be a welcomed addition to Hollywood. Those who’ve been following the Time’s Up movement know that the entertainment industry still has a long way to go in becoming a safe and inclusive place for women. Just earlier this week, a recent study by UCLA conducted from 2015-2016 showed that women only account for 31.2 of film leads, meanwhile only 6.9 percent of film directors were women and only 13.8 percent of film writers were women during that time period.
As for who else would join the feminist project, it’s highly possible that the original stars Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin will be making an appearance as Deadline notes. Plus, the trio have already reunited. Last fall, they walked out together at the Emmys where they made a 9 to 5 reference and a Donald Trump diss simultaneously. “Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Fonda said, to which Tomlin added, “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Fonda later joked about what a 9 to 5 remake would look like in this era, telling Ellen DeGeneres, “At our ages, either we’d own the company or we’d be in a retirement home,” as Today reported.
Rashida Jones couldn’t be better suited to bring 9 to 5 into this decade, either. Back in May of 2016, the actress wrote an article about feminism for Glamour, breaking down how to practice it in an inclusive way. “By all means, let’s continue focusing on larger imperatives like the wage gap,” she wrote. “But we can also participate in random acts of feminism, like calling someone out for a sexist comment or recognizing a shy female coworker for doing a great job. As Gloria Steinem once said, “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day. After all, a movement is only people moving.”
Watch: Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pine, & Michael Shannon Audition for Dolly Parton’s Role in 9 to 5