Lifetime churned out a sequel to Flowers in the Attic in record time. Entertainment Weekly exclusively reported that Petals in the Wind, based on V.C. Andrews’ second novel, will hit TV screens on May 26, 2014. That is a mere five months after 6.1 million people tuned into Flowers in the Attic.
Set ten years after Flowers in the Attic, Petals in the Wind will chronicle Cathy Dollanger’s attempts to get revenge on her mother for the events of the first film. Because of the time jump, none of the young adult cast of the first film is returning for the second. Taking over as Cathy (played by Kiernan Shipka in Flowers in the Attic) is Once Upon a Time star Rose McIver. Wyatt Nash (Hollywood Heights) will take over the role of Cathy’s brother Christopher from Mason Dye. Heather Graham is returning as Cathy and Christopher’s opportunistic and murderous mother Corrine, along with Ellen Burstyn as Corrine’s mother Olivia and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black) as Corrine’s new husband Bart. Will Kemp is joining the cast as Cathy’s ballet dancer lover Julian. Before pursuing a career in acting, Kemp was a ballet dancer. He most famously starred in Matthew Bourne’s all male production of Swan Lake.
Petals in the Wind is not the last V.C. Andrews adaptation Lifetime has planned. Film versions of two other books about the Dollanger family, If There be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday, are currently in development. Standalone novel My Sweet Audrina (also known as the most disturbing book of all time) may also hit the small screen at a later date.
With the release of Flowers in the Attic, Lifetime tapped into an audience that grew up reading V.C. Andrews’ work and were yearning for a more faithful adaptation of her first novel than the 1987 feature film. Andrews’ books about dark, twisted families (most written by a ghostwriter after her death in 1986) have been especially popular with teenage girls over the years. Some have wondered why considering the subject matter. The key to the enduring popularity of the books may be that, in their own extremely heightened way, they tap into the powerlessness and tumultuousness many associate with adolescence.
Petals in the Wind premieres May 26, 2014 at 9 PM on Lifetime.