Lifetime’s hotly awaited Flowers in the Attic hasn’t even premiered yet, but the network is so excited about the film’s prospects it’s already working on a sequel.
At the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena on Thursday, Lifetime announced its developing author V.C. Andrew’s second novel in the incest-peppered Dollanganger series, Petals on the Wind. Screenwriter Kayla Alpert describes the sequel as taking place 10 years after the first film, “and I’ll just say its a very juicy and compelling revenge drama.”
Meanwhile, Alpert fielded questions about the movie’s approach to the incest featured in the controversial book, saying while there was a certain amount of “condensing,” the network was “very supportive of staying true to the material.” “It’s actually more fun being less explicit,” she said. “I think just like in the novel, the teasing out of some of the violence and sexuality, it’s almost more fun to imply it than to show it. So I tried to keep true to that in the screenplay.”
Alpert also praised the actors, including Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka, who play the older brother-sister duo, saying, “The actors were up for it and it was handled very sensitively, I hope, on set and on the pace as well,” she said. “I feel like we really went for it. We didn’t pull any punches.”
Flowers premieres Jan. 18. Here’s the extended trailer…