Along with an extensive North American tour and new album, country legend Dolly Parton revealed details of her upcoming television movies during her March 7 press conference.
2015’s Coat of Many Colors was the first result of Parton’s four-film deal with NBC and broke viewership records during its premiere last December. In the past few months, she’s been hard at work producing another made-for-television movie based around her hit song, Jolene.
“We’re working on Jolene now, and of course, I make jokes and talk about my husband having a crush on a girl at the bank, when we first got married. That part was true, but I kept him! And people said, ‘Oh, Coat of Many Colors was just so great and it was so faith-based, so you’re certainly not going to do Jolene now and she’s not gonna be trashy, is she?’ I said, ‘Well, she certainly is!’” she said with a laugh. “I said, ‘Maybe she can become a Christian later!’” she joked with the crowd.
“I’m a girl of many colors and my songs are my songs and my stories are my stories, but there will certainly be some redeeming qualities in it,” Parton explained, “but it’s not going to be like The Coat of Many Colors. So when it’s about Jolene stealing the husband, she’s gonna be an adulteress! So that’s how that’s gonna be so — I’m not in it! I’m not being her!” she says, breaking into laughter again. “I might look like I might be, but I’m not doing it!”
After production on Jolene wraps up, she’ll set her sights on creating a film around her 1975 track, “The Seeker.”
“It’s a faith-based story, kind of about a Christ-type figure that travels the world trying to find himself, but also having the gift and trying to help people,” she says. “Kinda like Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel, that type of thing. So we’re gonna do that, and if that does well as a movie, we’d like to make that into a series.”
The air date for Jolene is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Coat of Many Colors will be released on DVD May 3.