Netflix has added another star-driven feature film to its slate. It has acquired Divanation, a comedy that has Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton planning to star as members of a once-popular singing group forced to reconnect after their volatile split and 30 year estrangement. It has been about 20 years since the actresses teamed in
The First Wives Club, and this gives further evidence that Netflix is looking to broaden the demographic of its streaming service.
The ladies were approached to do a sequel to the hit movie, but were lowballed and not going to be paid enough. Here what Goldie had to say in March of this year to the Harvard Business Review.
“The big money goes to kids and young men—big tent-pole movies, which are expensive but have a great return. The smaller movies aren’t being made as much. For instance, First Wives Club. 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. But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal. 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.”
The First Wives Club
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