The girls are back. It’s been 20 years since we last saw Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton together on the big screen. In 1996 the trio starred in the hilarious and highly popular comedy The First Wives Club which saw them playing scorned wives who get revenge on their husbands.
Back in February, Hawn opened up to the Harvard Business Review about why a sequel never saw the light of day. “We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful. It made a lot of money. We were on the cover of Time magazine”. She revealed.
“But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal”. She continued. “We went back to ground zero. Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it. But the fear of women’s movies is embedded in the culture”.
Now, Netflix has made dreams come true by reuniting the stars for a new comedy entitled Divanation. It’s not a The First Wives Club sequel – but we’re not picky. Deadline has revealed that the trio will play “a once-popular singing group forced to reconnect after their volatile split and 30 year estrangement”. This just proves that shows like Grace and Frankie are big hits, and that there is an older audience. It’s nice that Netflix are paying attention and delivering quality entertainment to adults – and that they’re not afraid of women’s movies.