V.C. Andrews' controversial novel is getting another television adaptation: this time from Lifetime, with Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn attached to star.
'Flowers in the Attic' is a dark story about four young siblings, two boys and two girls, who, after the tragic death of their father, are torn from an idyllic life and subjected to cruel emotional and physical abuse resulting from a dark, long-hidden family secret. Abandoned by their mother, Corrine (Graham), and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in the attic of their grandparents’ mansion, the children form a family unit of their own. But as the oldest boy and girl come of age both emotionally and physically while caring for their younger brother and sister, their family’s sordid past entraps them further as they try to survive and escape from the harsh conditions in which they live.
The book was published in 1979 and was met with scorn and derision from certain public interest groups, due to the graphic depictions of abuse and incest contained within. There was also controversy stemming from the fact that Andrews insisted 'Flowers in the Attic' was based on a true story, despite the fact that there has been no evidence unearthed to support this claim.
Graham rose to stardom after her breakout role in 'Boogie Nights' and has since appeared in several comedic features and television shows. 'Flowers in the Attic' will be a dark and intense return to drama for Graham, comparable to her role in the Johnny Depp thriller 'From Hell.'
Burstyn is an Oscar-winning actress who began her legendary acting career back in the 1950s. She is best known for her roles in 'The Exorcist' and the critically-acclaimed drama 'Requiem for a Dream.' In 'Flowers in the Attic,' Burstyn will play the children's grandmother, Olivia.
'Flowers in the Attic' became the first book of Andrews' Dollanganger Series, which included several novels to follow. Perhaps if 'Flowers in the Attic' is well-received on Lifetime, we could see greenlights for adaptations of the subsequent novels? Time will tell.