Jennifer Aniston is tuning up a period musical at DreamWorks titled “Goree Girls,” which she will produce as a potential starring vehicle.
The project is based on a true story about a group of eight women serving time in Texas’ Goree Prison during the 1940s who formed one of the first all-female country and western acts in the country and captured the hearts of millions of fans in the process.
Aniston and her producing partner Kristin Hahn optioned Skip Hollandsworth’s May 2003 article in Texas Monthly titled “O Sister Where Art Thou,” which recounted the story of the women, who eventually were pardoned. Margaret Nagle, who wrote Brad Silberling’s upcoming “The Lost Boys of the Sudan,” is adapting. The studio is out to directors.
“We are so happy that Jennifer Aniston has brought this project to DreamWorks Studios as a producer,” DreamWorks topper Stacey Snider said. “She has an intuitive sense of what can turn a strong concept into a film, and we look forward to working with her as we bring ‘Goree Girls’ to the screen.”
Aniston, a former partner in Plan B, has several producing projects in development via that relationship. She also has set up post-Plan B films like “Counter Clockwise” at Universal Pictures.
She is repped by CAA, Brillstein-Grey and attorney Craig Jacobson.
Nagle, whose writing credits include HBO’s Emmy-winning “Warm Springs,” teamed with Aniston when Nagle penned a biopic about war photographer Dickey Chapelle. The untitled film is in development at Plan B and Warner Bros. Pictures. The scribe also is the creator and executive producer of the Lifetime original series “Side Order of Life,” which debuts July 15.
She is repped by UTA and attorney David Matlof.