It’s official! During the NBC Upfronts in New York City recently, where Dolly Parton made a surprise appearance, word came that NBC has green-lit the first original movie under its development deal with the music Icon, actress and songwriter. “Coat of Many Colors,” named after Parton’s song, will be based on Parton’s upbringing. She will serve as executive producer.
Parton had called the 1971 track her favorite song she has written. It tells the story of how her mother stitched together a coat for her daughter out of rags given to the family, telling her the biblical story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. But when the girl, all excited, debuts the new coat at school, she is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing rags.
The original coat is now on display in Parton’s Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
NBC’s deal with Parton, announced in January, includes a series of standalone TV movies based on Parton’s songs, stories and life. They will contain music but won’t be musicals, with Parton possibly appearing in some. Parton is developing the projects with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.
“Coat of Many Colors” is part of NBC’s slate of event programming for next season, which also includes previously announced “The Reaper,” a miniseries based on the best-selling memoir by Sgt. Nicholas Irving, a decorated African-American sniper who was deployed in Afghanistan for 100 days, and holiday musical “The Wiz Live!”