Paramount Network has officially ordered a reboot of the First Wives Club to series, the cable network announced Thursday. The comedy series will return to the small screen with 10 half-hour episodes in 2019. Production will begun this summer in New York City.
Tracy Oliver, co-screenwriter of the hit 2017 blockbuster film Girls Trip, will write and serve as executive producer on the updated series.
Based on the 1996 film, First Wives Club starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Like the movie, the series will be based in the Big Apple and follow three women who band together after their marriages fall apart and who find strength in their own sisterhood -- and of course, a little revenge. Castings will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Tracy Oliver is a brilliant writer and the perfect visionary to bring this unforgettable story from the big screen to the small screen in a fresh and contemporary way,” said Keith Cox, President of Development and Production at Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT.
“Girls Trip was one of the funniest comedies in recent memory and we know Tracy will breathe new life, and some serious laughs, into these beloved First Wives Club characters,” said Amy Powell, President of Paramount TV.
In a video released Thursday by Paramount Network, Oliver shared a glimpse into her vision for the upcoming comedy.
"The premise is really timeless," Oliver said. "You can tell this story at any point and it's really relatable. We're in a time where women are speaking up and it wouldn't feel right if we didn't with the First Wives Club actually address some of these issues."
"At its core, it's about female friendship and it's really empowering. It's about women discovering themselves and their power. It has to feel personal and authentic to me so I pulled all of these characteristics of myself and put it into the show," she added. "If people don't watch the show and laugh, then I haven't done my job."