Dolly Parton’s ‘Run, Rose, Run’ journey to the big screen

Dolly Parton has a packed schedule on the horizon. The Iron Butterfly was candid about her upcoming aspirations—and

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has a packed schedule on the horizon. The Iron Butterfly got candid about her upcoming aspirations — and made a serious announcement — in a recent interview with Nancy O’Dell and talkshoplive.

Dolly Parton and writer James Patterson discussed their joint novel “Run, Rose, Run” and its adaptation to the big screen. He also reveals details related to his upcoming album.


Some success of the novel

“Run, Rose, Run” is a New York Times bestseller by Dolly Parton and James Patterson. The novel is about AnnieLee Kayes, a rising country music sensation who makes her way to stardom in Nashville. Escaping her past and focusing on her future, she encounters a series of thrills and turbulent turns that deal heavy blows but don’t slow her down.

Its runaway success earned the novel Walmart Book of the Year, news that Dolly and Patterson were delighted to receive.

“I was jumping up and down, I couldn’t believe it, I called James,” Dolly told Nancy O’Dell on talkshoplive. “We were very excited.”

The story’s overarching themes are self-discovery and strength of character, which Dolly touches on.

“It’s about finding yourself, your true self. It’s about finding your own confidence and really being true to your talent,” she said, “and … the will to grow, the will to learn from your mistakes.”

Soundtrack for a custom book

Dolly wrote every song in the book herself. The “Run, Rose, Run” discography was released on March 4, 2022, and features songs from the novel itself, including “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans” and “Demons”, all related to the thematic elements of the plot.

Movie magic in the making

The much-anticipated film adaptation — starring Dolly — takes its roots from the novel and Dolly’s rise to stardom. Dolly adapts the character of Ruthanna, a music business veteran who guides AnnieLee on her career path.

Dolly hopes to include a solid cast of stars for the roles of Jack and AnnieLee, the novel’s protagonists. Award-winning actors like George Clooney are on the hopeful list.

[James] he keeps talking about George Clooney and I agree with him … maybe George Clooney actually plays Jack in the movie,” said Dolly.

Media powerhouse Hello Sunshine is spearheading the project. Reese Witherspoon, owner of the company and producer of “Run, Rose, Run,” will not be included in the cast.

“I wish she was in the movie, but she’s a little too busy for that,” Dolly remarked. “She’s a little too old to be [AnnieLee] and I’m really stealing that other one so that she doesn’t get my role.”

New albums, Same Dolly

“Run, Rose, Run” isn’t the only passion project Dolly is undertaking. Her recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame belied a new achievement – her rock album.

Dolly is prepping her first rock album for an alleged fall 2023 release. If the actors attached to her upcoming film weren’t star-studded enough, the hopeful elements for Dolly’s new album will be. In her interview, she hinted at the label name “Rockstar”, and hopes to include Elton John, Steve Perry, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Mick Jagger and even Stevie Nicks.

“I’m asking all of them,” said Dolly. “I wrote a song called Bittersweet that I had [Stevie] so in my mind we could continue singing together. I will contact her about it and I hope she will have time and be willing to do it.

Can’t wait for the next album to come out? “Diamonds & Rhinestones” was released on November 18 and features house hits like “9 to 5” and “Jolene” for some reminiscing.


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