Forty years later, the inspiration for a short-lived TV series from the '80s and a recent Broadway musical goes under the microscope in the upcoming documentary Still Working 9 to 5.
The new documentary, co-directed by Gary Lane and Camille Hardman, explores more than a comedy film that co-stars Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as office workers pitted against a nightmarish boss played by Dabney Coleman (also known as that "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot"). The film addresses deeper issues such as sexual harassment, equal pay and the #metoo movement through new interviews with the film's stars.
Country songwriter Shane McAnally will contribute new music and write the film's score. "With all the inspiration around this movement [for income equality] and how music was a central character in the original 9 to 5, who knows... we might incorporate some of the iconic Dolly songs as well as some new classics," McAnally told Rolling Stone Country. "I'm so excited to get to be a part of what I believe will be the soundtrack of a movement, and help get it to as many ears and hearts as possible for the next generation of women and their allies."
News of a documentary arriving sometime next year softens the blow of learning that the long rumored reboot of the original film won't be hitting movie theaters or Netflix any time soon.
"I'm so sad that Disney has decided not to move forward with the #9to5sequel," the original film's screenwriter Patricia Resnick shared last month on Twitter. "So many things need to be said about the office of today from lack of benefits to no living wage, permanent temps and of course sexual harassment. On the good side #9to5musicalUK is killing it!"
Hardman is currently raising funds for the film through a Kickstarter campaign.