Virginia Andrews bestselling and notorious novel Flowers in the Attic has been adapted into a new film. The new version, which will be shown on US channel Lifetime on 18 January, will bring to life the disturbing details that made Andrews’s novel so controversial. The work became one of the most popular novels of a generation when it was published in 1979, with a number of schools and local areas choosing to ban it from their libraries.
The book, which sold over 40 million copies, is the first instalment in the Dollanganger Series. It tells the story of a group of siblings made to live in an attic by their Grandmother and submissive mother. The children suffer abuse, both psychological and physical, during their time in the attic. As the story continues, an incestuous relationship develops between two teenage siblings
It was first adapted into a film in 1987, though many parts of the story were changed and some omitted altogether. Lifetime’s new film, which is written by Ally McBeale writer/producer Kayla Alpert and directed by Deborah Chow, promises to be far more graphic in its interpretation of sexual scenes between the brother and sister.
The new adaptation will star Heather Graham as the mother and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn as the grandmother. The film will likely air in the United Kingdom on Lifetime’s UK channel, though it is not currently known when.
Flowers in the Attic (2014), directed by Deborah Chow, will be broadcast later in the year. Watch the trailer below: