Hello Sunshine to produce Dolly Parton and James Patterson novel

(Courtesy Hello Sunshine)

Legendary 11-time Grammy Award-winning, two-time Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Dolly Parton  (9 to 5) is set to star in Hello Sunshine’s feature film adaptation of Run, Rose, Run, the recently released novel written by Parton and acclaimed author, James Patterson.

Parton and Patterson will produce the feature alongside Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine’s President of Film and Television, Lauren Neustadter. Ashley Strumwasser will executive produce for Hello Sunshine.

The novel Run, Rose, Run was published on March 7, 2022 by Little, Brown and Company and debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Parton also released a companion album of the same name on March 4, 2022 through Parton’s Butterfly Records. The album debuted at #1 on the Current Country albums, American/Folk and Bluegrass charts.

Set in Nashville, Run, Rose, Run is about a young woman who comes to country music’s capital city to pursue her music-making dreams. The source of her heart-wrenching songs is a brutal secret she has tried desperately to hide, but the past she has fled is reaching out to control her future—and it may destroy everything she has worked for.

“Growing up in Nashville, I’ve loved Dolly since the moment I heard her magical voice and saw her luminous personality shine onstage. 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. I couldn’t feel more honored to be working alongside her and James to bring this remarkable story to the screen,” notes Reese Witherspoon.

“It has been a joy working with Dolly Parton on this book.  It’s a great story that we are both proud of.  And, in partnership with Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine, we will produce a great movie,” says James Patterson.

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“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,” summarizes Dolly Parton.

Hello Sunshine’s upcoming films include the highly anticipated adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing (Fox 2000), Something from Tiffany’s (Amazon), and Your Place or Mine (Netflix) starring Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher.

On the series side, upcoming scripted projects include Daisy Jones and the Six (Amazon), From Scratch (Netflix), and Surface (Apple TV+).

James Patterson’s forthcoming autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson, will be published on June 6th.  

Hello Sunshine is represented by CAA and Hansen Jacobson. James Patterson is represented by CAA and Williams & Connolly LLP. Dolly Parton is represented by CTK Management and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel. CAA represents the book’s film rights.

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