Lifetime has gone ahead and ordered a sequel on its TV movie Flowers In The Attic before Flowers debuts. Based on V.C. Andrews’ book, Flowers In The Attic follows four siblings — two boys and two girls — who, after their father’s death, are torn from an idyllic life and subjected to cruel abuse resulting from a long-hidden family secret. Abandoned by their mother (Heather Graham) and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in their grandparents’ attic, they form their own family unit. But as the oldest boy (Mason Dye) and girl (Kiernan Shipka) come of age, their family’s past entraps them further as they try to escape from the harsh conditions in which they live. Ellen Burstyn portrays the children’s grandmother, Olivia. Flowers debuts January 18.
“Ellen is caught in frigid New York but we can feel her evil presence from the video,” joked Rob Sharenow, EVP and General Manager of Lifetime, as he introduced the Flowers panel, after announcing the sequel, Petals On The Wind.
Flowers is set in the 1950s, as is the book because in this era of Facebook and Twitter, “you can’t just have two teens disappearing without people knowing where they are,” said screenwriter Kayla Alpert. Much discussion during the Q&A session as to who on the show’s cast and in the audience had read the book as children — what with it’s incest, mother abandonment, kids stuck in the attack, evil Granny, etc. “I do want to confess I did read the book — above the covers because my parents took no interest in what I was reading,” Sharenow said.