Lifetime has greenlit its latest television movie and has cast the legendary Ellen Burstyn for its remake of the eerie “Flowers in the Attic.”
Additionally, the “LA Times” reports that the network has cast Heather Graham (“The Hangover”) in a major role.
The telefilm will be based on the controversial V.C. Andrews novel of the same name, which centered on a recently-widowed woman (Graham) who sends her children to live with her mother (Burstyn).
The sadistic grandmother soon locks the four children in the attic, where they must fight physically and psychologically to survive.
The book was first adapted for film in the 1987 movie starring Louise Fletcher in the grandmother’s role, along with Kristy Swanson (Hallmark’s “Operation Cupcake”) as one of the children.
The network also recently remade “Steel Magnolias” with an all-African American cast that featured Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard, as well as last summer’s reboot of “Blue Lagoon.”