After taking on the White House in “The Butler” and tackling the music business in Fox’s hit series “Empire,” Lee Daniels has his sights set on the pill-popping 1960s. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Daniels, who co-created “Empire” with Danny Strong, is developing a TV series version of “Valley of the Dolls,” based on the 1966 book by Jacqueline Susann.
The drug-addled book — “Dolls” in the title is a slang reference to downers — previously spawned a notorious 1967 movie starring Patty Duke, Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins. The movie was critically panned but did well at the box office, and went on to become a cult favorite.
The novel was also remade as “Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls,” a 1981 TV miniseries.
The new Daniels project is a TV series called “Star,” which will reportedly begin shooting this year in Atlanta. The project will have four main female characters, with Queen Latifah among the early casting rumors.