Lifetime’s got a new adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ 1979 gothic novel “Flowers in the Attic” in the works, and the first trailer is below. The book, which was previous adapted into a 1987 movie starring Kristy Swanson and Victoria Tennant, tells the story of the Dollanganger siblings who, after losing their father in a car crash, are forced to live in darkness in their abusive grandmother’s attic as they grapple with their family’s soul-shattering past and present.
The trailer, which is set to a tense cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” opens with the words “The Book You Were Forbidden To Read,” a reference to the fact that since its publication “Flowers in the Attic” has attracted widespread controversy for its depictions of abuse and incest. Lifetime’s version does have one hell of a cast — it stars Ellen Burstyn as the grandmother, “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka as Cathy Dollanganger and Heather Graham as the children’s mother. It’s directed by Deborah Chow (“The High Cost of Living”) and is set to premiere on Saturday, January 18. Check out the trailer below: