A television adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel is currently in the works. Fox and Chernin Entertainment are currently producing the series, with Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels on board as writer and directer. The show was purchased by the NBC network late last year.
There’s only one little problem. According to Jacqueline Susann’s estate, managed by Tiger LLC, Fox doesn’t have the rights to make a Valley of the Dolls series, and they’re suing for copyright infringement
For an industry that’s been screaming bloody murder about copyright infringement as of late, that seems like a colossal oversight. But it’s complicated, of course. There was a time when the studio did have the rights to a Dolls TV series. Which, according to the lawsuit, Fox lost in 1994. But in 1998 the studio optioned the rights to a TV movie of the book. But not a TV series. At least not according to Tiger LLC.
Bottom line, no television show can stand up to the 1967 film version. All parties involved would be best served simply pouring themselves a whiskey sour, pulling up Valley of the Dolls on Netflix, and letting Sharon Tate blow their minds.