NBC has announced Jolene will be the next installment in their movie adaptations of Dolly Parton songs. This will follow in the footsteps of the Coat Of Many Colors movie announced back in May of this year.
John Sacret Young will write the script for Jolene, a song that Dolly Parton wrote after she noticed a bank teller making eyes at her husband. Dolly Parton’s long time agent, Sam Haskell, made the announcement about the Jolene adaptation during the TCA Summer Press Tour. According to Deadline the Jolene movie will be about “a woman begging a beautiful woman not to steal ‘her man’ just because she can.”
While there is not much news yet on the Jolene movie, there is plenty of new information on the first movie in the NBC/Dolly Parton collaboration. In Coat Of Many Colors, Jennifer Nettles will play Dolly Parton’s mother and Ricky Schroder will play Parton’s father. For Nettles, this is her first acting gig, having been previously known as part of the country duo, Sugarland. Also starring will be Pamela Long and eight year-old Alyvia Lind who will play the lead role of Dolly Parton as a child in the movie.
The synopsis for Coat Of Many Colors is as follows,
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing. This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton who she is today.
“The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor a musical about Dolly’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was nine-years-old.”
NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt has been keen to get a host of family orientated movies onto the NBC in order to capitalize on what he considers is an undervalued and underrepresented group. Greenblatt wants to bring families together and creating family orientated movies such as those based on Dolly Parton’s songs is a great way to do this.
Coat Of Many Colors will air over the Christmas period on NBC and will be a “family-oriented, faith-based movie about nine months in Parton’s life when she was 9-years-old.”
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