For years, there were rumors that there would be a First Wives Club reunion, and now we're finally getting one, but it's not what you might expect. According to Deadline Hollywood, co-stars Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn are reuniting for a brand new movie.
The three are gathering together for a Netflix movie. It will be a comedy called Divanation. That sounds like a perfect title for three amazing "divas." As reported by Deadline, this will be the first time the three actresses have come together since their iconic movie The First Wives Club that was made back in 1996.
In case you aren't familiar, The First Wives Club is about three women who are done with love and being disappointed by men, so they decide to get revenge on their ex-husbands. There's also singing involved, because you can't make an iconic movie work without Bette Midler's voice.
Like most classics, when The First Wives Club came out, critics bashed the film. As it stands today, it only has a 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since its released it has been resurrected as a Broadway play. Variety didn't have a kind review for the musical.
"Sometimes it's hard to identify why a show doesn't work, but this one has obvious flaws. Nobody would claim the film version's a masterpiece, but it did offer a sincere expression of the characters' emotional journey as a trio of highly-educated, middle-aged women came to realize the extent to which they had relied on their husbands for their identities, despite their own ideals of women's independence. In the stage show, there's no sense of internal surprise that they've let this happen to themselves"As for their new adventure, Divanation is being described as " a comedy centered around a singing group's reunion three decades after their "volatile" split." Sounds like an instant classic!
This has been a long time coming as fans of The First Wives Club have wondered why these three actresses never gathered together to make a sequel. Well, according to Harvard Business Review, Goldie Hawn let them in on the reason why. Surprisingly enough it has to do with the gender pay gap.
"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."Hawn continued, "But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal," she said. "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."
Bette Midler excitedly tweeted about the news about the reunion, even giving a quick shout out to the legendary comedy.
Bit of a hot topic today because Netflix added #FirstWivesClub to their roster…and gearing up to make #divanation with me, Golde & Diane.Even though we may not get a sequel to The First Wives Club, it seems like this is holding fans over going by their reactions from Twitter.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 16, 2015
OMG beyond excited! Please someone tell me this is really happening!! @BetteMidler @Diane_Keaton @goldiehawn on Netflix?! #divanation Yass! — Juli (@divinityonlegs) December 15, 2015
@BetteMidler @goldiehawn @Diane_Keaton #Divanation!!!! Omg and If @SJP and #MaggieSmith get cameos I will cry. pic.twitter.com/nHqPTCRWg9
— TRAPCRY (@trapcry) December 15, 2015
@BetteMidler just heard about your new Netflix movie DIVANATION IM SOOOOO EXCITED TO SEE IT!!!! I feel blessed #firstwivesreunite — jillian miano (@babs721) December 15, 2015[Photo by Paramount Pictures]