After the tremendous success of Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic and the subsequent V.C. Andrews movie series franchises, A+E Networks acquires rights and licenses to the entire V.C. Andrews collection, including all new releases. With over 138 books and counting and 107 million copies sold, the extensive library includes best-selling V.C. Andrews’ classics from one of the most popular writers of all time, who has been published for 40+ years. Lifetime also announces that the network is in development on V.C. Andrews captivating Cutler series following the twisted tale of Dawn Longchamp, whose entire world crumbles after the sudden death of her mother.
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin, a prequel limited series, stars Jemima Rooper (Gold Digger) and Max Irons (Condor) as Olivia Winfield Foxworth and Malcolm Foxworth along with Tony(R) Award winner, three-time Golden Globe winner and five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), four-time Golden Globe nominee and Primetime Emmy nominee Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), People’s Choice Award nominee Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominated and Critics’ Choice Television Award winner Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black). Flowers in the Attic: The Origin is set to premiere summer 2022 and it peels back the curtain to reveal the twisted origins and dark secrets of the Foxworth family.
The Lifetime movie events Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind were cable’s top two movies of 2014 with women1, while Flowers in the Attic has reached over 30.1M2 total viewers and Petals on the Wind seen by 23.4M3 total viewers. In 2019 V.C. Andrews’ Casteel series ranked as cable’s number two new drama series with women4.
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield Foxworth (Rooper) who is working alongside her beloved father (Hamlin) when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcolm Foxworth (Irons). After a whirlwind romance, Olivia finds herself as the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall, where she soon discovers that the fairytale life she expected has quickly become a nightmare. Under Malcolm’s debonair exterior lies a dark heart, and a twisted evil lurks inside Foxworth Hall that will threaten Olivia’s happiness and that of her children. Her attempts to keep them all safe ultimately push Olivia to become the most terrifying version of herself, leading to her inevitable – and notorious – decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic…
Dodd stars as Olivia’s daughter, Corinne; while Williams takes on the role Foxworth Hall’s longtime staff member and Olivia’s observant housekeeper, Nella Jennings. Mulgrew plays Mrs. Steiner, Malcolm’s loyal house manager and head of the Foxworth Hall staff. Grammer portrays Malcolm’s illustrious father Garland Foxworth, who is married to new wife Alicia, played by Boden. Wesley stars as John Amos, Olivia’s cousin whose revelations change her life forever.
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin is an A+E Studios production in association with Sutton St. Productions and CBS Studios. Paul Sciarrotta serves as executive producer. Jennie Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein serve as executive producers for Sutton St. Productions and CBS Studios. Zoë Rocha serves as executive producer for RubyRock Pictures, Gary Pearl executive produces for Aquarius Content and Dan Angel executive produces. Declan O’Dwyer also executive produces and directed part one and part two of the limited series. Robin Sheppard serves as director for parts three and four. Scripts are from executive producer Paul Sciarrotta, as well as Amy Rardin and Conner Good. Flowers in the Attic: The Origin is based on the prequel novel, Garden of Shadows by Andrew Neiderman. The limited series was made with support of the Romanian Government.
Andrew Neiderman has carried the V.C. Andrews franchise for the past 35 years, making him the most prolific ghostwriter in history. V.C. Andrews is the longest, consistently published book franchise in American publishing history with more than 40 years of novels, 107 million copies sold worldwide, and a cult following. V.C. Andrews’s novels have been adapted into over 19 films, 18 by A+E alone, with more in development.
*1 For Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind were cable’s top two movies of 2014 with women1. Source: Nielsen, Live+SD, (000s) W25-54 2014 dates 12/30/13-12/28/14, ORIGINAL MOVIES ONLY (EXCLUDES ALL THEATRICAL AND ACQUIRED MOVIES ON ALL NETS, EXCLUDES MINI-SERIES).
*2 For Flowers in the Attic has reached over 30.1M total viewers. Source: Nielsen Reach (000s), L+7/MOST CURRENT, PERSONS 2+, 1 MIN REACH QUALIFIER, 1/18/14-4/19/14, INCLUDES ALL TELECASTS OF VC ANDREWS FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC ON LIFETIME ACROSS TOTAL DAY INCLUDING PREMIERES AND REPEATS (12 TELECASTS TOTAL)
*3 For Petals on the Wind has been seen by 23.4M total viewers. Source: Nielsen Reach (000s), L+7/MOST CURRENT, PERSONS 2+, 1 MIN REACH QUALIFIER, 5/26/14-8/24/14, INCLUDES ALL TELECASTS OF VC ANDREWS PETALS ON THE WIND ON LIFETIME AND LMN ACROSS TOTAL DAY INCLUDING PREMIERES AND REPEATS (20 TELECASTS TOTAL)
*4 For the 2019 TV Season, Lifetime’s VC Andrews Casteel Family film series would rank as cables #2 new drama among W25-54. Source: Nielsen, Live+SD, W25-54 (000s), 10/1/18-9/29/19, VC Andrews film series average vs. new drama season averages on cable.
About A+E Studios
Launched in 2013, A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios is an industry leader in the creation, production, and distribution of high-quality scripted entertainment across all linear and non-linear platforms. A+E Studios serves as a primary scripted programming supplier for the A+E Networks portfolio. A+E Studio’s slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series, and movies. A+E Studios produced titles include the hit drama series “Big Sky” from David E. Kelley for ABC, Peabody Award-winning “UnREAL,” “Project Blue Book” and the Emmy-nominated event miniseries “Roots” for The HISTORY Channel, the animated drama series “The Liberator” for Netflix, the drama series “Reprisal” from Warren Littlefield for Hulu, as well as “YOU” from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment with Warner Horizon Scripted Television for Netflix. Upcoming projects from A+E Studios include the drama series “The Lincoln Lawyer” from David E. Kelley for Netflix based on the popular novels by Michael Connelly and “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin” miniseries for Lifetime based on the work of author V.C. Andrews. A+E Studios currently has over seventy projects in active development at Netflix, Showtime, Peacock, HBO Max, FOX, AMC, and multiple international platforms as part of its locally originated programming strategy. Its first local-language production, supernatural thriller “The Malevolent Bride” from “Our Boys creator Noah Stollman, will air in 2022 exclusively on KAN 11, Israel’s Public Broadcaster. A+E Studios also acquired the exclusive rights to bestselling author Sue Grafton’s acclaimed Alphabet Mystery book series.
Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series, and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers, and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
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