I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again: Eff you, Hollywood.
Have you ever wondered why there is no sequel to The First Wives Club, aka THE BEST FILM EVER MADE? Turns out it’s not because Hollywood reached peak excellence and feared tampering with such a masterpiece.
According to Goldie Hawn, a sequel was planned but there was a reason it didn’t get made. Men.
In an interview with Harvard Business Review, Hawn explained that the sequel didn’t get made because of Hollywood’s reluctance to finance films starring women, particularly women of “a certain age”.
“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.”
Damn right it did. Despite costing a measly (in Hollywood terms) $30 million dollars to make, the film grossed more than $181 million dollars. And yet the Hollywood execs didn’t want to share the love (read: money) when it came time for round two. Quelle surprise.
“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.”
This sucks, but I have to admit I’m also a teenie bit relieved. The First Wives Club is perfect, just as it is. Kudos to you Elise, Brenda and Annie for the what remains the greatest movie of all time.