Shania Twain is Turning Debbie Macomber's Heart of Texas Books into a TV Series
Country music icon Shania Twain has partnered with the executive producers of Virgin River to adapt Debbie Macomber's Heart of Texas novels into a TV series.
Twain will serve as an executive producer alongside Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry of Virgin River fame. According to a news release, the five-time Grammy award-winning artist will also be contributing creatively to the Heart of Texas show.
Macomber's best-selling, eight-part book series revolves around the personal and professional struggles of siblings Savanah, Grady, and Richard Weston who must fight to keep the family ranch and legacy alive after the untimely death of their parents. It has sold more that 200 million copies worldwide.
"Heart of Texas is an exciting project for me to be involved in as I very much relate to the dynamics and the powerful connection of friends and family of a small-town community," Twain said in a news release. "It's a story of love, laughter and true grit, all elements that so strongly influence my song writing."
We don't know about you, but we're getting some serious Sweet Magnolias vibes, y'all!
Twain took to Instagram to celebrate the "very exciting" news yesterday. "As soon as I was pitched this idea, I fell in love with it," she said in a video (below). "I'm so excited about it, and I can't wait to share it with you."
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Twain said she wasn't familiar with the books before signing on to the project, but she found them "captivating."
"There are some parallels in the story to my own story—a young family carrying on after the parents die, and the female main character having all this responsibility," she said. "I was thinking this sounds so much like my own life. And I'm drawn to horses and the whole lifestyle of living outside the city, where family is everything. It really spoke to me."
Twain added that she's planning to write songs for the show and has already begun looking for inspiration.
"I'm still getting a feel for the sound and mood of the music," she explained. "I'll be getting together with an arranger, and that's going to be new for me as well, getting involved with the actual scoring."
Aah, we can't wait!