Appearing at the Television Critics Association this week to promote her new HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” Jane Fonda took some time to field questions about the anticipated sequel to the iconic 1980s workplace comedy “9 to 5”.
Fonda will serve as an executive producer on the new one and reaffirms that she and original co-stars Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin “are all intending to be in it”. For now though she is: “as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers.”
Fonda insists a sequel will work because the workplace remains fraught with problems for women and now, with so much work subcontracted out as opposed to directly hired, it’s often difficult to know where to take complaints:
“I’m sorry to say the situation is worse today and I’ll tell you why. Back in the day, the company was called Consolidated, which it still is. You worked for the company, if you had problems you went to the company. Today, a lot of the company is hired outside and subcontracted back to Consolidated. Who do you go to? Who do you complain to? Who do you fight with?… [also] with social media, internet, computers, you can be spied on so easily – everything you write, every email you send.”
The original film focused on the trio getting revenge on their sexist boss and Fonda says sexual harassment in the workplace is one thing that should hopefully get better now as men are seeing the consequences of committing harassment: “sexual harassment will tend to drop – because guys are scared.”
“Jane Fonda in Five Acts” is set to premiere on HBO soon.