And you thought it couldn't get any worse than ABC-TV's 2011 redux of Charlie's Angels? Or the October big-screen remake of 1984's jukebox flick Footloose? Apparently, the lack of imagination in Hollywood should never be underestimated.
The campiest novel of all time—Jacqueline Susann’s fabulous 1966 Valley of the Dolls—is being retooled into a television series by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious). NBC has bought the period project, with a script commitment from Daniels, based upon the dreadful 1967 movie adaptation.
Valley of the Dolls, which has sold more than 30 million copies, spans two decades of boozy, pill-filled career highs and the ultimate self-destruction of three female best friends: Anne Welles, who works at a Broadway talent agency; cabaret-turned-TV star Neely O’Hara; and showgirl Jennifer North. The flick, which starred Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate, was also made into a mini-series in 1981 and a late-night soap in 1994.
Jacqueline Susann would roll over in her grave... while I can predict with fair certainly that this project will also arrive DOA.