The plot of the film will revolve around the eight women who formed one of the first all-girl C&W acts in the country, became a public favourite and were eventually pardoned. Michael, who helmed Grey Gardens, which earned 17 Emmy Award nominations for HBO, will be making his feature directorial debut with the movie.
The helmer plans to adapt from the most recent draft by John Lee Hancock, who rewrote an original by Margaret Nagle based on a 2003 Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth. He feels that it is similar to his earlier work in its essence.
"If you connect the dots between these projects, I think they are both survivor stories, about people whose human spirit doesn't give up, and it's musically driven, the way Grey Gardens was," the Variety quoted him as saying. He added: "There is something about music that invigorates the spirit to keep going, even when you don't have freedom."