The country legend has partnered with Robert Greenblatt, entertainment chairman of US TV network NBC, on a number of two-hour films, all of which are said to be characterised by Parton’s positive outlook on life.
“I am so excited to be involved with my friend Bob Greenblatt… and my longtime friend and former agent Sam Haskell,” Parton said in a statement. “We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Greenblatt revealed that he and Parton had grown close after working together on the Broadway show 9 to 5: The Musical, which is based on the singer’s song of the same name. “She’s just thinking about a lot of things going on in her life and things she’s written about and I had lunch with her a couple of months ago and she said, ‘You know, I’d love to see if there’s some movies we can develop out of the stories I’ve been writing about.'”
“We have not talked about them being musicals, but you know it’s not out of the question,” Greenblatt added. “I think they will have a lot of her music in them, but I don’t think they’ll be musicals, per se.”
Parton performed to well over 100,000 people at Glastonbury last year, singing hits like ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’. The Tennessee star – who turns 69 years-old tomorrow (January 19) – also wrote and performed an untitled track that subsequently became known as “the mud song” as it featured the crowd chanting its “mud mud mud” chorus. Parton has since suggested that she could record a studio version of the song.
”I’m getting such demand for the mud song that we’re talking about recording it. There have been so many requests,” she told The Sun. ”There is talk about getting a different artist to perform it every year.’
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