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Dolly Parton to Star in Movie Adaptation of Her Novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’

Photo from Dolly Parton’s Instagram

Dolly Parton to Star in Movie Adaptation of Her Novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Dolly Parton will star in an upcoming movie based on her own recently released novel “Run, Rose, Run” co-written with best-selling author James Patterson. Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine will produce the feature alongside Parton and Patterson.

“Growing up in Nashville, I’ve loved Dolly since the moment I heard her magical voice and saw her luminous personality shine onstage,” Witherspoon told The Wrap. “Beyond her magnetic presence as an artist and performer, she is one of the greatest songwriters and storytellers of our time. Her impact knows no bounds – as a musician, actor, writer, businesswoman, activist and all around incredible human being – Dolly Parton is not only an icon to me, but a true inspiration to women and girls everywhere. My admiration for her grew to even greater heights when reading ‘Run, Rose, Run,’ a gripping and heartbreaking book I couldn’t put down.”

Parton adds: “I’m proud, excited and honored to be working with my good friend Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine on the movie of ‘Run, Rose, Run’ from the novel I co-wrote with James Patterson. James and I love Reese and look forward to working with her and her wonderful team.”

The country music legend, author and actress also released an album of the same name to coincide with the novel and debuted at No.1 on the Current Country albums, American/Folk and Bluegrass charts.

While Movieguide® has not reviewed the book “Run, Rose, Run” and cannot advise on its content, Dolly Parton is a dedicated Christian so there is hope that the book will reflect her faith. As Movieguide® previously reported, Parton says of her faith:

“Every day I pray for God to lead me and to take out all the wrong things, wrong people in my life, bring all the right things, right people in, and to let me glorify Him and uplift mankind,” Parton said. “Let me be a light, and a vessel to be used…I just really want to do what I can in this world to make things better, if I can.”

Parton first announced the collaboration with Patterson in August 2021 to great reception. Fans of both country music and Patterson’s thrillers sent “Run, Rose, Run” to the top of Amazon’s books sales before it was even released. Movieguide® previously reported on the creative partnership:

Both Parton and Patterson are champions of literacy programs, but until a couple of years ago, had never met.

“We liked each other right away. And we kind of made the deal right there — no lawyers. We didn’t want anybody in the way,” Patterson says.

The new country music-inspired  “Run, Rose, Run” is being released in conjunction with Parton’s studio album of the same name that debuted March 4. Rolling Stone calls the album “a sturdy reminder of her songwriting greatness and vocal command.”

“He’d give me ideas for the songs. I gave him ideas that he expanded on for the characters and incorporated in the book,” says Parton, whose “Run, Rose, Run” album includes 12 new songs. “So it really was a magical team.”

Many of Parton’s previous film projects have won Movieguide® Awards including DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS and DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS.