New ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Movie Better Be as Creepy as the Novel

flowers in the atticRemember that Gothic novel by V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic? It's the tale of four pale yet remarkably beautiful siblings imprisoned in an attic. Oh yes, also the oldest two siblings fall in love and carry out an incestuous affair. Incest has never been so ... uhh, I don't even want to say. We all passed this novel around in high school, enthralled by the horror of it all. It was adapted into a film in 1987 sans the incest theme, which pretty much ruined it. But Hollywood is taking a crack at a new Flowers in the Attic movie to air on Lifetime. Here's what we know about it so far.

Heather Graham will star as the mother, Corrine, and Ellen Burstyn will play the cruel grandmother, Olivia. Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper from Mad Men) will play Cathy and Mason Dye (Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader) will play her older brother/lover Chris.

Yeah ... how do we feel about that? Usually it's young adults playing teenagers in sexual situations. It's going to be super creepy to see Cathy played by a real teenager, and a young teen, too. Kiernan is definitely up to the task -- it's just that she's so young. Remember when Jenna Malone played the lead in Bastard Out of Carolina? Having such a young actor in a role like that ups the drama, I think.

The screenplay is being written by Kayla Alpert of Up All Night. And it will be directed by Deborah Chow, who wrote and directed The High Cost of Living. So Kaylay and Deb? I think I speak for all fans of the book when I say that I think you need to include the incest story line this time. I mean, it's creepy and gross, but it's central to the whole story!

I'm sure if they do delve into Cathy and Chris's love affair, they'll be tasteful about it, since they're working with actual kids instead of 30-year-olds playing teenagers. No word yet on when the movie will air, just some time in 2014.

Do you remember reading Flowers in the Attic? Do you think they should leave the incest in this time?

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nonmember avatar Finally!

I've been waiting years!!! Finally and it better be way better than the last one.

Sati Brown

the book was so much creepier and darker and uglier than the movie and the love story was super believable- especially as you read the rest of the series. If they're going to do the incest, they have to do the rest of the dark elements or it won't have the same impact. 

nonmember avatar Kristi

Makes me want to dig out the whole series. It really is a big part of the book, so why not go there.

Chandra Haverstock

they made a movie out of this in the 80's and it was horrible. This book series would be great if they make it dark enough...I think the incest is a main theme and while we don't need to see them making out it should be included.


Movie... Moviebuff

I cant wait hopefully its better then the last one.

RiotP... RiotPixie

V.C. Andrews is my all-time favorite author. It would be amazing to see the entire series done tastefully and correctly. The 1987 movie wasn't done even remotely by the book. They need to do more of her books as movies. But the entire 5 book series each time. Just 1 movie based on the 1st book leaves a lot to be desired. They need to delve deeper and do them as darkly as they were written. The author was a gothic horror genius and her works should be done justice.

bills... billsfan1104

I love VC Andrews and loved loved this series and hate the movie!!!!

I hope they do this movie so much better. I better read the books again!!

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

It's going to be on LIFETIME that's a HUGE hint as in really BAD, It's rare that any movie broadcast on Lifetime is any good.

Cynthia Parten

I absolutely love the Flowers in the Attic series. I have read that series about a dozen times. I know the book is always better than the movie, but the movie they made was so BAD!!! Hopefully they will do it justice this time. And I agree, the incest storyline HAS to be in the movie. It is central to the storyline.

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