‘Coat of Many Colors’: NBC turning Dolly Parton’s three-minute song into a two-hour movie

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One of Dolly Parton’s most beloved songs is being turned into a movie on NBC.

The network is developing a two-hour film based on “Coat of Many Colors” for the 2015-16 season. It’s part of a deal the network and Parton struck in January that will adapt the stories from several of her songs into TV films.

The film will tell the story of Parton’s upbringing in rural Tennessee and the “raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today.”

Parton appeared onstage Monday (May 11) at NBC’s upfront presentation to perform the song and pitch the movie to advertisers. She also sang “I Will Always Love You” — accompanied by NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt on piano.

Pamela K. Long (“Second Noah”) is writing the script for the film, and Parton will executive produce. There’s no word yet on casting; the movie is scheduled to premiere in the 2015-16 season.