With her gift for cinematic, detailed storytelling, it’s a wonder that every Dolly Parton song hasn’t been made into a film by this point.
Now one of Dolly’s greatest songwriting accomplishments, the autobiographical 1971 song “Coat of Many Colors,” will get that precise treatment. NBC has given the green light to an original movie called Coat of Many Colors and based on Dolly’s childhood outside Sevierville, Tenn., as part of a development deal with the iconic star. Additionally, Dolly will serve as the project’s executive producer.
A timeless song of love and self-worth, “Coat of Many Colors” recounts the story of Dolly’s mother hand-sewing a coat from rags out of necessity to keep her daughter warm. Her mother mentions the biblical tale of Joseph, who was given the honor and burden of wearing his own homemade coat. Dolly’s experience in the song is similar: she feels proud of the handmade garment, but the children with money tease her mercilessly about it. In the end, she decides that she’ll never be truly poor as long as she has love and family in her corner.
Currently, Dolly’s namesake Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Keep an eye out for a Country Weekly cover story on Dolly and the park in late May.