Lifetime is currently in development on three additional V.C. Andrews books, including If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday, both from the Dollanganger series, and the standalone novel My Sweet Audrina.
There are two movies down and two movies to go if Lifetime wants to adapt all four of V.C. Andrews' first book series about the incestuous, dysfunctional Dollenganger family -- rumor has it that the network plans to adapt the third and fourth novels. The question is, would you tune in for "If There Be Thorns"?
We liked "Flowers in the Attic" quite a bit, but "Petals on the Wind" had a few problems. If the network wants to keep going, we would implore it to make "Thorns" either a two-part miniseries or a three-hour movie because the big problem with "Petals" was that too much source material had to be crammed into a two-hour movie.
However, we're excited to see the network try with "Thorns" and here's why (minor spoilers ahead).
One of the main reasons "Thorns" would be fun is if the network could get Heather Graham to reprise her role of Corrine, who is now kind of stalking her two remaining children and their children. Break out the old-age makeup and let the crazy flag fly!
We also really enjoyed Rose McIver as the grown-up Cathy. She might be a little young to be Cathy in the third movie, with the right clothes and makeup she could probably pull it off. The fourth movie, "Seeds of Yesterday," however, would maybe have to be a new actress.
Another reason we'd like to see Lifetime continue is because we would love to see Lifetime move on to other works by Andrews. It is rumored the network wants to adapt "My Sweet Audrina," which is Andrews' only stand-alone novel, but we'd love to see it tackle the Heaven and Dawn series.
So we say full speed ahead on "Thorns," though perhaps Lifetime could think bigger, so that more source material (and more cohesiveness) can be included in the third and fourth Dollenganger movies.
'The Normal Heart' gets solid numbers, 'Petals on the Wind' below 'Flowers in the Attic'
"Petals on the Wind" had the higher numbers on Sunday (May 25) evening, with 3.4 million total viewers tuning in for the "Flowers in the Attic" sequel. This represents a steep drop from January's broadcast of "Flowers," which was watched by 6.1 million viewers. Within the 3.4 million, "Petals on the Wind" got 1.5 million adults in the 18-49 demo -- a 36-percent increase on the average Lifetime movie ratings.
Despite the drop, these numbers represent a solid night for Lifetime, which bodes well for further movies based on V.C. Andrews books. Yet to be adapted in the series are "If There Be Thorns," "Seeds of Yesterday" and "Garden of Shadows."
Over on HBO, "The Normal Heart" got smaller overall numbers -- 1.4 million viewers over two Sunday-night broadcasts -- but those represent a more solid showing on the pay-cable network. Based on the 1985 stage play of the same name, "The Normal Heart" follows the early years of the AIDS crisis and stars Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch.
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