Forty five years on and still one of the biggest selling books in history, Jacqueline Susann’s dishy classic “Valley of the Dolls” is being turned into a TV series for NBC by “Precious” director Lee Daniels, Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment says Deadline.
The book spans two decades and covers the career highs and ultimate self-destruction of three female best friends: Anne Welles, who works at a Broadway talent agency; Neely O’Hara, a vaudeville star; and Jennifer North, a showgirl.
The title refers to the sleeping pills they all become addicted to. The film was previously adapted into film in 1967, into a TV mini-series in 1981 and a late-night soap in 1994.
Daniels is set to write the adaptation and executive produce with Chernin and Katherine Pope.