Parton Songs to See New Life in Netflix Adaptations

Posted June 4, 2018 3:05 p.m. EDT

“Coat of Many Colors” was turned into a movie. So was “Jolene.” Now, several more Dolly Parton songs will head to the screen, thanks to a new deal between Parton and Netflix. A scripted anthology series will adapt eight Parton songs into stand-alone narrative episodes.

Parton will serve as singer-songwriter, executive producer and actor in the series, which is being produced in association with Warner Bros. Television. She has an extensive history of writing songs for movies, including “9 to 5” and “Tennessee Homesick Blues.” But recently, the creative process has been reversed, with filmmakers drawing inspiration from her own lyrics. The 2015 film “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” told the story of her hardscrabble upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, while the 2008 film “Jolene” starred Jessica Chastain as the down-on-her-luck title character.

“As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music,” Parton said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix.”

BET produced a similar series last year, when it adapted classic hip-hop songs like Notorious B.I.G.'s “I Got a Story to Tell” and NWA’s “____ tha Police” into narrative films.

Earlier this year, Parton said a sequel to “9 to 5” was in the works. Her co-stars from that film, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, star together in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” And Parton has written the music to “Dumplin’,” an upcoming comedy film starring Jennifer Aniston.